Lent 2021 - TURNING POINT
Friday - February 19th
Obedience, better than Sacrifice -Written by Dawn Jeffers
1 Samuel 15:22 “But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’”
King Saul lacked obedience. God gave Saul specific instructions to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything…and he fails to obey. He destroys some and decides he knows best and spares the Amalekite king and the best of their livestock. His lack of disobedience to the Lord leads to his rejection as the King. Samuel condemns him saying “to obey is better than sacrifice.” You see, Saul was saving the best livestock for a sacrifice to the Lord, but in doing that was disobeying the Lord's command. Sacrifices are important but what is more important is the condition of our hearts. Our obedience to the Lord speaks volumes to the condition of our hearts.
Are you partially or fully obedient to the Lord? God wants our full obedience. God wants all of us. He wants the best. What is God asking of you today? How does your response reflect the condition of your heart?