Better than the fat of rams . . .

In the Old testament, God gave a command to Saul. He told Him to destroy a certain group of wicked people. God also wanted their animals destroyed also. When Saul went up to battle, he did not obey what God had commanded. Saul saved the king and some of the animals. When Samuel challenged king Saul, Saul said that he had saved the animals for sacrifices.

"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22. Saul was in the wrong, because he had disobeyed.

We may look at Saul and be like, well obviously you shouldn’t have done that. I mean, how would Saul think that God would be happy with his disobedience, but sometimes in our Christian life, many of us do the same thing.

You see, God has given very specific commands. He wants us to do certain things. But sometimes, we think, "Well, if I told the truth, then something bad would happen." So we tell a lie, in order to do "right." Or, we may intentionally do something wrong, so something "good" can com out of it. God isn’t interested in his children offering Him things out of disobedience. God wants our love, respect, and obedience.

I would challenge you, obey God no matter what. Don’t try to serve God by disobeying Him. God isn’t interested in disobedience. God wants His servants obey. Have faith that God had some wisdom when He gave His commands, and obey them. When you do, you will please God.

"Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: " – Jeremiah 11:4b


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