Connected and Discerning

14 04 2006

Connected and Discerning

1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NIV) 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.
 23 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.”

Over and over this sentiment is repeated throughout the Bible.  Obedience, not sacrifice.  Indeed, we humans begin to think that we know best.  Why?  Why do we think we are smarter than God?

God told Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites, yet Saul didn’t.  He saved the best of the plunder and then made excuses to God.  How many times a day do little children around the world utter these words:  “But I thought….”  I know I’ve said that – even as an adult to my employer.  I think I’m brilliant, yet I can’t see the whole picture.

This issue was so serious that God decided that Saul was no longer fit to be king over Israel.

Here is my issue.  I believe this concept.  Yet, it doesn’t seem like the whole church gets it.  As a church, we’re trying to move forward in obedience, yet some lag behind, do their own thing, or are outright disobedient.

When Saul faced this, he gave in to the people.  Later he told God that he was more afraid of the people than he was of God – so he gave in.

Do I give in?  Am I afraid of the people?  Is being “seeker sensitive” giving in?  How obedient is obedient?  How strict and rigid are we supposed to be?  How can we be loving, accepting, and forgiving – and still be obedient?

I am continually convinced – everyday – that God needs me to be right at His side.  Constantly hearing His voice, constantly learning, constantly discerning, and constantly questioning my own actions and decisions.  This constant connection, through humble obedience, is the only way I can know if I am on the right path!

Dear God, you are the One – Keep me connected Lord!





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