A Fresh Perspective on “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice”

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. – 1 Samuel 15:22b

Don’t you love it when familiar lines of Scripture take on new clarity and depth?

For me, that’s one of the most exciting things about reading Scripture. When the Holy Spirit shares His insight (and I am sensible enough to listen), it’s a small miracle that strengthens my faith every time.

I also enjoy hearing what others have drawn from Scripture. Recently, my in-laws shared a thought-provoking message by Michael Jr., a Christian comedian with a serious side. (I’ve included the video below.)

Michael shared several incredible experiences through which he learned the value of waiting for God’s direction before making any meaningful decisions, even when the decision seemed obvious. For example, it might seem obvious to give money to a needy missionary or water to a homeless person.

But what if God has a greater blessing in store for you, for the other person involved, or for some other individual that God may want to involve?

It might be easy for you to write a check for a missionary. But what if He wants you to assist that missionary in a more personal way? Or, what if He is moving in another’s heart to meet that financial need?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. – 1 Samuel 15:22b

King Saul excused his disobedience to God by focusing on the “good” sacrifices he had made.

However, just because we may be doing something good (even something sacrificial), we may not be doing God’s best (something obedient).

God’s best may only be achieved in our lives by asking for and obeying His guidance, throughout the moments and experiences that make up our lives.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7, 8

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5, 6

Are you considering what God’s best may be for you in a specific area of your life? Have you recently gained a fresh perspective on a familiar passage of Scripture? I look forward to your comments.

7 thoughts on “A Fresh Perspective on “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice””

  1. Fun that I should run across this. My next time to preach will be Pentecost Sunday, and I’m about to go get up close and personal with Acts 2 🙂 . I want to focus on the enormous energy and excitement that must have been in that room when the apostles received the Spirit. And the same thing can happen to us all, if we only let go!

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