Text: 1 Samuel 15: 22. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
 A walk with the Lord requires a total submission, commitment and obedience.

God is loving and all of HIS works are great.
It might keep your heart racing on how a loving, caring, merciful and ever reliable God would reject whom He has chosen and once anointed.

 

God is merciful, gracious and slow to anger the Bible tells us in Psalm 103:8.
This scripture gives us a clear revelation on the nature of our God.
We’ll clearly understand that the mercy of God is always there but when the pride in the heart of men has kept them away from returning to God for mercy, each time they fail, it can provoke the anger of the Lord.

 

Just as a father is pleased when a child returns in all sincerity of heart to obtain forgiveness, love and blessings, so God expects us to return to Him in all simplicity and humility of heart even after we have messed up.
A man needing mercy, accepts the blame, never argues or justifies, he immediately accepts his wrong and intercede for mercy and forgiveness.

 

From our text, we clearly see from the story of Saul, that our obedience to the words and instructions of God is far more better than sacrifice.

 

After the anointing of Saul and his first successful military battle over the Ammonite, the Bible tells us of his first foolish act of disobedience in 1 Samuel 13, Saul was to wait for Samuel for sacrifice as they battled against the Philistine, after 7 days of waiting, he carried the sacrifice himself and it was recorded to him as disobedience.
These were the words of Samuel when he came thither;
1 Samuel 13: 13. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 14. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. 
 
Saul never repented of his first act of disobedience and rebellion and the record was kept against him.
And on the second time when he disobeyed again,
The Lord said He repented ever making Saul King over Israel.
God rejected him and gave his Kingdom to another.
One notable word from Samuel was this;
1 Samuel 15: 17. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? 
God chose Samuel when he Was little in his own sight but when pride and arrogance came in, when he preferred the people over God, he was rejected and replaced immediately.
We must learn from this.

Evangelist Reinhard Bonkke shared a story of his calling to take the Gospel to Africa.
After his Bible school, he worked with some gospel missionaries, and repeatedly in his dream, God would speak to him on a blood washed Africa, revealing His plans for the continent of Africa and also fulfilling the scripture that says; how would they preach without being sent? Romans 10:14-15.
When Reinhard would share his vision with his superiors, they rebuked him and threatened to relieve him of his missionary duties. 
It continued until “God told him in a prayer room, if you don’t go, I will send someone else. 
And when He answered the call and went to Africa, he realised that it was the same year God called him was the year and season a famous African Evangelist turned back from the same assignment.
Now we see how God raised Reinhard as a replacement for the other Evangelist who abandoned the call.

Don’t think you’re too anointed and special and no one would function in that position more than you.
Before God ever anointed you, another has been reserved just in case.

Even before the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, Matthias was been prepared in the secret as Judas’ successor. Acts 1:25-26

If we again remember the story of Esther,
Modecai said to Queen Esther, “who knows if you were made queen for such a time as this, nevertheless, if you don’t help the Jews, the salvation of the Jews would surely arise from another place but it’ll be more horrible for you and your family” Esther 4:14.

Again with prophet Elijah, when he ran away from the work and call, God told him how He had kept seven (7) thousand prophets that were fit for the same position and further instructed him to anoint Elisha as his successor. 1 Kings 19:18.

Have God committed a work that is due for attention in your hand?
Start the work and do it joyfully and with all commitment, humility and obedience to the voice of God. 
Never think more of yourself to the person you’re pastoring or disciplining as a leader, it was God’s mercy that found you, and the same mercy can find another.

It is better and of good report that you hand over your barton and mantle to another when God tells you, after a job well done, than the mantle to be ripped off you at the middle of your service and given to another. 

Again I say, a walk with God requires obedience, humility and commitment. 

Take a self evaluation on your calling and assignment, and repent (if need be) on areas you have failed to obey God’s voice.

Be committed to kingdom services. 
You’re failing in your commitment on evangelism, stand up and work on it.

My earnest prayer for you reader today, is that God would grant you the Grace to finish well in His calling and assignment for your life.

Shalom!

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