Obedience vs Sacrifice 

Have you ever done something that seemed right at the time but, it ended up being the worse decision ever? 

King Saul experienced this when he ignored the voice of the Lord given to him thru the Prophet Samuel. He operated out of the will of the Lord after being commanded to smite the Amalekites leaving nothing or no one alive. Gathering an army of men in the thousands they set out. However, Saul used his voice of reasoning sparing Agag the King and the best of their livestock to sacrifice unto the Lord. 

         

“Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?”
-‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15:19‬‬

“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

-‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15:22‬‬

Samuel being displeased with the actions of the king states in (1 Samuel 15:22) that it “is better to obey than to sacrifice.” When we take it upon ourself to override the voice of the Holy Spirit we are telling God that we don’t need him or trust him. In response to his lack of obedience the punishment of King Saul began like an domino effect, he was then rejected by God and Samuel.

“And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.”

-‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15:35‬‬

Obedience is so important in our walks with God because, it requires you to live humble, submissive and completely selfless. Human nature (our flesh) always wants us “to have it our way.” But, that is not God’s will, in order for us to be used according to his will we must deny our selves daily and completely submit to his perfect will.  

Reflection: 

The rest of the world drowned tragically due to disobedience. Noah and 7 others were saved because, he obeyed the voice of God.

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”

-‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬‬


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