Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

Samuel said this to Saul, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23)

Our purpose and plan as believers should be to do the will of God and to walk in his way no matter the cost. The will of God is not always the easiest thing to do but it is the safest thing to do. God’s instruction is often given to protect us from things that we cannot see. Only God knows the true end of a matter because he can see into the future. He also searches the deep intentions of the heart which we cannot see.

Moses prays to God in (Exodus 33:12-17) and asks God if his presence would go with him on the journey that God had asked him to go on. God promises Moses that his presence would continue with him and that he would find rest. A hard journey can be a lot easier when we walk with God.

Saul was not so lucky and lost favour with God. He disobeyed the word of the prophet because he wanted to please the people. Saul was commanded to completely destroy the enemy and everything that they owned during a battle. Saul took the advice of his men and spared the fattest cattle with the intention of offering a sacrifice to God. God makes it clear to Samuel that due to Saul’s disobedience, he had rejected him as King of Israel. Saul’s need to please other people rather than obey God’s instructions cost him his role as King. (1 Samuel 15)

Let us live everyday seeking to do the will of God, listening to his voice and heeding his direction. God often speaks through his word to give us direction. Other times he sends a message through another believer who is able to deliver a word of instruction. Let us obey lest we miss the promise of blessing.


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