It’s Thursday! It came so quickly after that day off on Monday, and my days have been all over the place! I pray your week was great and filled with love and that you’ve been excited for this next piece of the “Over it” puzzle! Let’s get to it…
If you watch the blog recaps on YouTube or follow on Instagram then you know that today we’re talking about Obedience over Sacrifice!
This was a difficult one to digest, not because of the concept itself, but because of the implications of what it means once you know. So now I pass that responsibility on to you… (If you don’t want to be held responsible , stop reading. Jk! Of course I want you to keep reading!)
We all know what obedience means, right?! This concept is nothing new. You get instructions, you follow them, and that makes you obedient. The same goes for when you hear instructions from God. Although, when we talk about sacrifice I feel as though it sometimes gets lost in translation because surely we aren’t (well I’m not) offering the fat of animals as offering in exchange for not following directions. (And we’re not under this law anymore)
It sort of boils down to an apology right? I didn’t follow the directions correctly, so accept this to make it right again. We do this ALL the time, maybe not in the same gestures, but even to our loved ones. Okay modern day example: Mom tells teenager to clean their room before going to school the next day. Teenager doesn’t clean their room and when she comes to ask them about not cleaning their room, they say “I’m sorry, well since I didn’t clean my room when you asked me to, I won’t go out tonight and I’ll clean the dining room and the kitchen.” Basically sacrificing their time to try and make it right instead of just following the directions in the first place. I’m sure their mother wouldn’t be pleased or as pleased as if they just would have followed her directions when she asked them the first time. Just like our Father isn’t pleased when we don’t listen to His voice.
And we also forget that this isn’t a negotiation, but we still try anyway. Knowing what we hear and basically trying to give God ultimatums and giving ourselves excuses when we drop the ball on doing right. So my questions are… Are you being obedient? When you receive clear directions, are you following through fully or only with the part that sounds good to you? And lastly, are you trying to justify your disobedience?
We talked about how our lifestyle must reflect our speech and how we must be willing to sacrifice our peace, but are we also willing to answer the call of our directions and walk them out the way God intended? That’s for you to answer Fam. Anyway, I love you all and I pray that you all have a lovely evening, I leave you with this…
1 Samuel 15: 17-24 NLT
17 And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel.18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ 19 Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?”
20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. 21 Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
22 But Samuel replied,
“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.
23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”
24 Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.
Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)