Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Obedience > Sacrifice

Obedience opens the door to a life full of abundance and peace. Disobedience leads to a path of destruction.

That's true obedience, okay? Not Saul's version of it. He was told to destroy the Amalekites. Proper destroy. Not save the cows and capture the king. 😒

“But I did obey the Lord ,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”  But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord ? 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. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord , he has rejected you as king.”
1 Samuel 15:20‭-‬23

Did anyone else hear Samuel saying "God saw everything and you're out, bro."

Really though, lots of valuable life lessons in this story:

  • Just because you look the part doesn't mean you're a good fit. Prove yourself as a good leader. Be obedient and teachable.
  • Stop lying and don't make excuses. God wants full obedience. Not partial obedience, littered with excuses.
  • Stop trying to talk up what you're doing if it's clearly in violation of what God says.
  • Depend on the Lord. He'll guide you, if you'll just stop trying to go your own way.
  • Your way is wrong, if it goes against God. Get on board with that. Quick.
  • Jealousy is ugly, sinful, and destructive. We're all equipped for our own specific, God given purpose. Just do that and stop getting caught up with what everyone else is doing.
  • You don't know better than God.

Read all about Saul, the first king of Israel, in 1 Samuel 9-31.

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