BETTER THAN SACRIFICE

1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied:”Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

The Scene: 1) Altar of the Lord 2) The hand of the Lord pouring water on the sacrifice. 3) The water represents God’s Word.

Obedience is what the Lord requires of His people, those who love Him, not pomp and ceremony.

John 14:23 Jesus replied, ” If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

When people choose their own ways they are showing God they think their own ideas are better than His plan for our lives, and/or they do not trust God enough to let Him lead.

James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.

God wants us to serve Him.

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the Lord seems unreasonable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Copyright 2016 Larry and Kathy

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