What God Wrote in Stone Day 13 – Weekly Thoughts
And Samuel said, “Has 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 listen than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22, ESV)
Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46, ESV)
As we’ve spent the last two weeks going over the Ten Commandments, a word that continues to echo through my mind is obedience. Regarding our own children, we have given them certain rules and parameters to follow, and when they obey us, we feel loved and respected. While it’s expected that they will listen to and obey us, it doesn’t always happen, resulting in consequences and punishment.
The Commandments were given with the expectation to be obeyed, yes, but God also knew they would reveal the sinful hearts within us and open our eyes to the need we all have—a need for rescue. Time after time in the Old Testament, animals would be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people, as they broke these commandments often. These animal sacrifices continued until Christ became the final sacrifice on Calvary’s cross—He was the only provision that was forever sufficient.
Our obedience to God demonstrates our love for Him. If we obey His Word and reflect His character well, we bring Him great joy. Rather than looking at these commandments as a burdensome list to check off, may it show us our need for Christ in our lives every day. May we seek to honor Him with an obedient spirit, and may we appreciate how He pours His love and grace upon us when we fail.
God, help us to be people who have an honorable testimony to those who know us, meet us, and love us. May we have a heart that longs to follow Your ways, and may our obedience be attractive to others who are searching for truth in a lost and broken world. Amen!