Thursday, 17 March 2022
“Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obedience to the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed [is better] than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22 AMP
Many years ago I went through a period where it felt like whatever I knew and understood about my life and future had come to naught and I did not know if I was coming or going. As I was sitting in the dark staring at the wall wondering how I would get through the next day let alone life in general, I prayed a simple prayer to GOD, “Father I don’t know what I need, I just know that I need to be okay” and instantly I heard a still voice in my heart saying “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV.
There is something that is both breaking and healing all at once that comes from being at a point where all you want with all your being is GOD and nothing else. Where your need to hear Him and be led by His Spirit is greater than your need for any material or physical thing this life might offer. Usually, this is when His blessings flow freely and abundantly because we are still humble and sincere before Him and willing to do anything He asks of us. As expected, we grow in the LORD and in the faith, and we begin to understand a lot more than we did when we were still babies in our faith walk. This “growth” can be both wonderful and disastrous depending on what it produces in the individual. Some people grow in obedience and humility because they see and appreciate the goodness of GOD in their lives. While others unfortunately like King Saul, begin to do as they please and heed other voices rather than that of the LORD because they’ve been doing this “Christianity thing” for long.
Falling into this state is not an impossibility for a child of God as it tends to subtly creep up on a person in the most deceptive of ways especially if one is still serving and sacrificing their time and resources to GOD and doing what is supposedly correct in the sight of GOD. Saul also believed that he was doing the right thing and still in the will of God when he kept the good spoils of the land to sacrifice to GOD instead of destroying everything like GOD had instructed him to do. It’s only when there is an emptiness in the soul and that assuring voice of GOD is no longer there that we begin to realize how far we have wandered from GOD. “But why do you call Me ‘LORD, LORD,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46 NKJV. It is completely pointless to call ourselves children and servants of God when we are habitually living outside of the will of God. When we are running on the steam of our sacrifices rather than heeding the instructions and the voice of the Holy Spirit.
There is a lot that I do not know or understand fully when it comes to the things of God, but one thing I do know is that it is never too late to go back to seeking GOD and His will for our lives, and doing what He is asking of us at all times. When The Prodigal Son came home, his father did not ask him questions because he already knew what was in his son’s heart. That he was now ready to be in his father’s house and to DO as he was told. We will always be children before GOD, and as with every child, there is an expectation for us to obey our Father and to do as He says. That is the only time we can truly lay claim to being heirs to the blessings of God.
It is completely pointless to call ourselves children and servants of God when we are habitually living outside of the will of God