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. 1 Samuel 15:22 NLT
In every area of life people love when you follow their directions. When you are at work, your employer dictates your activities: your arrival and departure times are set by your employer. When you show up at work and do what is required, you are an exemplary employee. However, they are many people who go to work and do as they please: they are late at times and simply disregard company policies.
A good employee is someone who follows directions. Now King Saul had a dream job; he was anointed king in Israel. But king in Israel did not mean that he got to chart his own course because he needed to submit to the leadership of God. Samuel came and gave Saul some directions from God. Saul was told to destroy the Amalekites. So he went out in his capacity as king and destroyed the Amalekites his way. Verse 9 says, “Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.” God was displeased with Saul’s job performance because he disobeyed the commands given by God.
Gross dereliction of duty is reasonable cause for termination. Verse 11 says, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night.” Sadly, Saul saw nothing wrong with his behavior. When he saw Samuel, he said cheerfully, “May the Lord bless you, I have carried out the Lord’s command!” He had no clue that violating God’s commands is sin. Saul paid a high price for his disobedience because God rejected Saul as king. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Thought for Today: Friend, there is never a good reason to disobey God.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.