November 11, 2015

“Sacrifice and offering You do not desire, nor have You delight in them; You have given me the capacity to hear and obey (Your law, a more valuable service than) burnt offerings and sin offerings (which) You do not require.” Psalm 40:6

God loves obedience. Just this week I was reading about how Samuel explained to Saul “Obedience is better than sacrifice. To hearken is better than rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22) Yet somehow many believers get the idea that they get to worship God how they like: in their own way, developing their own religion, if you like.

No, we don’t get to do this. We follow His instructions because He’s smarter. He built this thing. He knows how life works best, and He set it forth in HIs Word — HIs ways are higher; HIs thoughts are not ours. (Isaiah 55:8) And He gave us His Word so we’d know how to really succeed in this life.

God didn’t call us to fail. God didn’t call us to end up bitter and alone. He didn’t call us to make all the mistakes out there that there are to be made. No. He called us to love HIm, put Him first, and obey HIm.

Make the choice. Stop offering sacrifices that God neither wants nor desires. Just obey Him. HIs way is best. Believe it.