Obedience over sacrifice (January 20, 2013)

1 Samuel 10:6-7 At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them.  You will be changed into a different person.  After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.

1 Samuel 15:22-23 “What is more pleasing to the Lord:  your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.  Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols.  So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.”

Knowing how Saul’s story ends makes it difficult to get excited about how his story begins.  A son from the smallest clan of the smallest tribe, by the world’s standards Saul would never have been fit to be king.  After being anointed king by Samuel, Saul became filled with the Spirit of the Lord and he became a new person.  Is this not what happens to us when we accept Christ into our life?

However, the change in Saul’s life didn’t last.  He wanted to be obedient, but when the circumstances around him began to change and fear entered his heart, he reacted by taking matters into his own hands. Even though Saul thought he was doing the right thing, God had told him to wait.

God sometimes tells us to wait–even when good things come our way.  He says wait to opportunities of a lifetime even if we believe He couldn’t possibly ask us to turn them down, but God may have other plans and in our haste we destroy them forever altering the course of our lives.  Then we blame God–not ourselves on whom the blame truly lies.

Is God asking you to wait today?

Father God,
Waiting is difficult.  Circumstances change.  Worry appears.  Fear enters.  We don’t submit to your command to wait.  We rush out.  We destroy.  Then, when things turn out wrong.  We blame you.  We often forego patience in exchange for what we want.   You are constantly reminding us that it is obedience You want, not sacrifice.   Help us honor you with our obedience today.  Amen.

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About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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