photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/January 2009
To Obey?
originally written 17 Oct 10
posted 18 Nov 10
To Obey or not to obey?  
THAT is the more important question!
: )

“It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.”
That is what the world tells us.

But God’s Word conveys a different message:
(conversation between Samuel, prophet of the Lord, 
and Saul, King of Israel)
1 Samuel 15:17-23

Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel?
The LORD anointed you king over Israel. 
And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 
Why did you not obey the LORD?
Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?” 
 “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 
The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.” 
But Samuel replied: 
   “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices 
   as much as in obeying the LORD? 
To obey is better than sacrifice
   and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, 
   and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. 
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, 
   he has rejected you as king.” 

Half-obedience is still disobedience!
Claiming that he obeyed the Lord (when he clearly didn’t) cost Saul his throne.

The world’s teachings are often directly opposite of God’s Word.
The world does not teach respect for integrity or obedience.
In fact, it most often ridicules those who strive for such characteristics.
(how many times have you heard the term “goody-two-shoes” applied
to those who seek to live a good and obedient life?)
No wonder our culture is such a mess!

“Havin’ it our way” has only led us into deeper & deeper pits…
financially, socially, relationally, physically, emotionally,
and the list goes on…

Our God holds healing in His hands.
It’s ours if only we would stop running away from Him and obey.

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