The Superiority of Obedience
“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
The first king of Israel, Saul, missed it big time when he chose to keep the Amalekite king Agag alive and took the plunder from the battle rather than destroy EVERYTHING as God had commanded. As far as king Saul was concerned, he went on the mission which was assigned to him but thought that keeping the sheep and cattle to sacrifice them to the Lord God at Gilgal would be a delight to God. Saul thought he could substitute sacrifice for obedience. But Samuel’s answer shows the superiority of obedience: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice.”
God places high premium on obedience much more than offerings or services. As far as God is concerned obedience is superior to any service or any type of offering we may offer to Him. Do you know that many of us think that God will be more delighted in our life of service than our life of obedience? What a fallacy!
Please understand that:
1. Not obeying God is an act of rebellion!
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
1 Samuel 15:23
2. Not obeying God is a form of idolatry!
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”
1 Corinthians 10:14
3. Not obeying God is an act of dishonour!
“Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?”
Romans 2:23
King Saul dishonoured and disobeyed God because he wanted to look good to his people rather than to God. He forgot and denigrated the Lord that made him king in the first place. People are not as important as God! The Bible says, “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”
Acts 4:19
Obedience to God is better than giving regard to men! It is better to obey God rather than to give fat offerings in church.
Disobedience to God renders your lofty service useless!
Disobedience to God engenders the nullification of your religious services or charity endeavours. What is important to God is for you to obey His instructions. Period!
Obedience is real important to God, and He attaches a lot of benefits to it. The Bible says, “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
Job 36:11
In Psalms 112:1-3, we are told that blessing is the portion of the man that truly fears and greatly delights in keeping the commandments of the Lord. His children shall be mighty on the earth. Wealth and riches shall be in his house! Obedience and blessing go hand-in-hand! Of a truth, we can access God’s blessings by using the key of obedience.
I decree and declare that you will be empowered by God to place high premium on obedience forthwith in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe