I’m sure you have heard the expression, “The gig is up.” It means that an engagement has run its course and is over. There is a similar expression that says “The jig is up.” It means that a wicked man has been found out, and the forces of law are on their way to stop the scoundrel from doing more harm.
As we come to today’s text in 1 Samuel, the Amalekites had been engaging in wicked activity for 400 years and God’s “cup of wrath” was full, so the “jig was up!” So God ordered Saul to attack the Amalekites and utterly destroy them. But he didn’t. He kept the best of the spoils for himself. Samuel then came and rebuked Saul and let him know that he was finished as king of Israel. In other words, “His gig was up.”
May we learn in our study today the importance of total obedience to the Lord. We want to finish the race doing His will. How terrible it would be to be stopped short of the finish line because our disobedience caused our “gig to be up!”