Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice
The Bible tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice. God’s Word is truth. God says what He means and means what He says. We try to rationalize things of God to fit our own descriptions. We lie to ourselves that we can go around God’s Word and use it for our gain, we think we can twist what He says to fit our circumstances.
We lie to ourselves that maybe what is written in the Bible does not have to be followed through. We lie to ourselves that we can do and say what we want without any consequences. We lie to ourselves that we can get to heaven without repentance and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. We lie to ourselves that there is no hell. We lie to ourselves that we only have to obey certain aspects of the Bible that are easy for us to follow and ignore the rest. We lie to ourselves that we can get away with anything.
King Saul’s story in the Bible is a good example of disobedience and its consequences.
Samuel told Saul exactly what God expected from him in 1 Samuel 15:3, “Go and attack the Amalekites! Destroy them and all their possessions. Don’t have any pity. Kill their men, women, children, and even their babies. Slaughter their cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys.”
God is clear in what He tells us. He has His reasons for telling us to do something, we are to obey. When God tells us to do this, we do. When He tells us to say this, we say. It is as simple as that. We do not have to look for validation or praise from people. We are responsible for our actions and words. Saul disobeyed God, he spared King Agag and also spared the best sheep and cattle.
We may try to give justifications for our disobedience, but no matter how good the justification seems to be, disobedience remains disobedience.
God’s Word is true. God remains God and He says what He means. God is not a man that He should lie. Because of Saul’s disobedience, God rejected him as king. Saul’s excuse was that he brought the best sheep and cattle to Gilgal as sacrifices to the Lord.
“Tell me, Samuel said, ‘Does the Lord really want sacrifices and offerings? No! He does not want your sacrifices. He wants you to obey Him. Rebellion against God or disobeying Him because you are proud is just as bad as worshiping idols or asking them for advice. You refused to do what God told you, so God has decided that you can’t be king.’” 1 Samuel 5:22–23.
God likens disobedience with idolatry, let us be on the watch.
God’s Word is the roadmap by which we are to live our lives, it is our guide in this journey of life. It is our standard. The Word of God gives us instructions so that we can know what God requires of us. He never forces anything on us, we obey Him out of our free will. He gives us commandments, promises, instructions, and many gems of knowledge required in this life.
The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowing God’s Word and doing it, that is wisdom. We do good and avoid evil, we do as the Lord tells us to do, we live our lives as God expects us to, we do not conform to the patterns of the world. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commands.”
Keeping God’s commandments is an expression on our part of how much we love God.
The Bible says that blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it. We should not conform to evil desires, we are children of God and we are called to live lives that reflect light to the world. Jesus obeyed His Father during His entire ministry, He lived a sinless life and accomplished His mission on earth. Through Jesus’ obedience, we receive salvation.
For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19.
We are to obey God’s commandments, that is our purpose here on earth.
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Originally published at https://www.vickysforum.com on September 11, 2021.