Day 30: Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice, I Samuel 15:22

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Theme: Obedience Better Than Sacrifice

Scripture : I Samuel 15:22

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(listen) than the fat of rams.

Points To Ponder

We live in a world that says “forgiveness is easier to get than permission!” We

are teaching our children by example that it’s okay to do it…as long as you get

away with it. We have live and let live attitude that says everything is okay and

nothing is wrong…

And we apply that to our relationship with Jesus.

But…that doesn’t fly with JC!

Nope—you think you can throw some extra offering or make some extra

apologies knowing that you are breaking one of His rules…

But He is saying the same thing today as He said in the Old Testament:

It’s better to obey than to try to get away!

Obedience shows respect and deference to the one you are obedient too.

Disobedience is the same as rebellion.

And there is a scripture that tells us that rebellion is like witchcraft.

Hmmm? That’s not good.

So ask yourself?

When’s the last time you ASKED God FIRST before you acted.

I used to teach my teenagers in Youth about the difference.

I would say “Is HE your bratty brother or your best buddy?”

Because…HE goes wherever YOU go!

Difference is…

If He is your bratty brother—you say “shut up! Don’t say a word! I don’t want to

hear it!”

If He is your best buddy- you say “Lord, I’m thinking about doing this, what is

your opinion?”

See?

So…which is it?

Sacrifice to make up for your disobedience?

Or Best Buddy being asked whether He wants to do what you are about to do?

Only you know how you treat Him.

Wait…you’re NOT the ONLY one who knows!

Let’s Pray Together

God, please forgive me for the times I have just done what I wanted and said

“God will forgive me—He understands!” When I know I was disappointing you

and letting you down. I promise to not treat you like a bratty brother any more. I

will respect and honor your presence in my life, and I will ask you your opinion on

everything I do BEFORE I do it…so I may please you with my actions and my

heart.

It is my hope to be obedient more so I have to sacrifice less.

Help me Lord.

Amen