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.”
Saul had disobeyed God. God gave him specific instructions and Saul disobeyed them. Samuel came and when he pointed out Saul’s disobedience, Saul quickly tried to recover and give a pious sounding reason for his disobedience. He indicated that he was going to offer a sacrifice with the objects of his disobedience. Samuel responds with this verse. When God calls us to do something, He expects our complete obedience. Anything less than that is disobedience. We cannot take God’s Word and shift it around to suit our purposes. We also can’t rationalize or cover up our disobedience. When God speaks, we are to obey, completely.
Father, Today, I will focus on what You have for me to complete today. I will obey You fully today and not get sidetracked by anything that would result in only half-way obeying Your Word. Thank You for delighting in our obedience as I obey You to show my love for You.