Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice

1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NLT)

22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.  23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

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I have been dwelling on the Scripture for a good while now today and sought the Lord about what it meant in my life. There are times when I get so “busy” doing what I believe God has called me to do that I forget to “listen” to Him along the way. I do not ever want to be too busy I miss something God is telling me to do. Being busy is not going to help anything, but when I obey His voice, that is when He can be used and seen mightily  through me. I do not want my will to be done, but His will (God). So many times we get busy serving in church or in the ministry, that we think we do not have time to commune with the Father. Dumb, right? Yeah, it is. How can you be about God’s perfect will, when you will not even take the time to  talk and listen to Him to hear the instructions He is trying to give you? You can’t. Did you know that you could be serving in an area in the church you attend that is not where He wants you to be? Also, did you even consider that just because you serve in more than one area in church that it does not make you holier than the next person nor will it make you seem more righteous than others in God’s eyes. Get your focus off of what people think, and keep your focus on Christ. You are more effective in the church and in life, when you are doing what God has instructed you to do.  Did you know that if you do not heed the voice of the Lord, then you are being rebellious which is a sin?

 

Look at it like this, if you do not take the time to commune with the Father, you will not know His voice when He is speaking. And if you do not hear His voice, you will not hear His instructions, and you cannot heed instructions you do not hear; therefore, you are being disobedient. 

 

It is not at all hard to spend time with God. He is always there, waiting for you to commune with Him. He values your relationship. Don’t you remember He even gave his only Son as a ransom for your life? (Read John 3:16). Let Him be the first person you speak with when he awakes you in the morning. Just talk to him just as normal as you would a human. He wants to guide you in the right direction, won’t you let Him? (Proverbs 3:5-6). Don’t just talk to Him in the morning, but throughout the day as well.  Communication works by talking and listening; therefore not only talk to Him but just sit there and listen. (John 10:27). Sometimes in our feeble human thinking, we may consider what He instructs to be irrational, but we do not think the way He does…His ways are higher. (Isaiah 55:8-9). Rest assured though that He will NEVER contradict His word (Isaiah 8:20).

 

So rest in Him, trust Him, let Him be your guide…and if you’re feeling overwhelmed from the tasks of serving, seek Him to ensure you are serving in the right area. You are most effective to help the lost find God through Christ when you are where you are supposed to be. 

Carol ❤

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