Samuel 15:22 – And 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 listen than the fat of rams.
Samuel is talking to Saul after he has disobeyed the command of the Lord. Saul and Israel defeated the Amalekites but they took sheep, oxen, calves and lambs directly against the direction of the Lord. Saul tried to put the spoil that they took off on the Israelite people and was concerned about his own self. Listening to God and following what He is telling us is better than not following and offering a sacrifice.
This is a great word from the prophet Samuel to Saul about leadership in following the Lord. We can still hear the word of the Lord and choose not to listen to it. Or I can try and rationalize that I was unable to follow because it was someone else’s fault or decision that kept me from following what God wanted me to do. When I hear and know what God is calling me to do or how I am supposed to serve, let me follow God rather than asking for forgiveness for a wrong decision or missed opportunity.
Thank you for your love grace and mercy you have for us. Let me listen for your direction and humbly obey to give you the glory.