1 Sam 15 v 22: Then Samuel said: "Has 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 Heed than the fat of rams."
Check out the next verse:
v 23: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
To obey implies an action, a decision to trust, an act of your will to comply. To sacrifice implies payment, a bartering. As vs 22 says, both are a great delight to Him, but obedience is better, and has Jesus not paid the ultimate sacrifice/price for us?
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Vs 23 - well, quite harsh, but then God's word is renowned for telling it like it is. This is another example of God's high standards. To rebel - same as witchcraft! Stubbornness - same as sin! I'm pretty stubborn at times, not always accepting God's word at face value - according to this verse - I am sinning!!!
To obey God's word takes sacrificing self!
My encouragement to you is to obey the Lord in whichever way you know how. Read His word, trust in His desire for your obedience - He loves you.
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