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?



  1. I am reflecting on why is obedience not my first response. Most of the time I follow what he asks but not always without a lot of questioning. Why isn’t it first?
    What am I holding back from being fully obedient?
    Great questions Dawn

  2. Fear, uncertainty, and rebellious nature often lead to my disobedience. Something I have trouble with is consistently waking up early to mediate on the bible and spend time in prayer before starting the day. But I have come to realize thought it may be ideal to sit with a cup of coffee and be with the Lord in solitude daily, in reality sometimes the only time to spend with the Lord is on the drive to work.


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