Thursday – April 25, 2024

1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 1; Psalm 39; Acts 11

by Becky Hill Martin

In the words of one of my favorite Golden GirlsSophia Petrillo, “Picture it:” you’ve got this list of instructions from God, and you’re like, “Yeah, I’ll do most of it, but this part here… nah, not feeling it.” Well, spoiler alert: that’s not obedience; that’s selective hearing!

In John 14:15, Jesus lays it out plain and simple: love equals obeying God’s commandments. No cherry-picking allowed. And boy, did King Saul miss the assignment! Samuel had to give him a reality check. God said, “Wipe out everything,” but Saul decided to keep the best bits for himself.

See, obedience isn’t just about following orders; it’s about honoring the authority over us. Sacrifice, on the other hand, is what we do when we’ve messed up and need to make amends. But here’s the kicker: obedience saves us from needing to make those sacrifices in the first place. It’s like preventing a mess before it happens!

Now, let’s talk about Saul’s epic fail. God said, “Destroy everything,” but Saul thought he knew better. He spared the king and kept the plunder. And then, to top it off, he threw himself a little party! Talk about pride and disobedience wrapped up in one shiny package.

But before we get too judgy, let’s take a look in the mirror. How often do we hear God’s word but decide to do our own thing instead? Guilty as charged, right? And just like Saul, we sometimes try to cover it up with a fancy facade. But here’s the thing: God sees right through it. No fooling Him!

Bottom line: obedience trumps sacrifice every time. It’s not just about knowing what God wants; it’s about actually doing it. Saul learned that the hard way, and we can learn from his mistakes too. Let’s strive to be obedient from the heart, not just for show. After all, God’s instructions are there for our good, even when they’re tough to swallow.


  1. Jean says:

    Thanks Becky! What a great lesson🙏🏼