God’s warning on disobedience
But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Disobedience to God and His word should never be taken lightly. Adam and Eve committed this sin and it resulted to them being removed at the Garden of Eden. “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Our tendency when confronted by God because of disobedience is to make excuses. We try to find a way to blame something or somebody to deflect responsibility from ourselves. But God will not let us get away from our rationalization for it can get us into a habit of disobeying Him. As a child of God, He wants you to be victorious from your old sinful life and He expects you to obey Him and no longer be under the power of sin. “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous” (Ephesians 2:2). From the text, the prophet Samuel was tasked by God to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people. But Saul took matters in his hand and used his position as the king to violate God’s command. He justified his action by trying to find an excuse so he could deflect the blame to others. But God will not let him get away that He called on His act of disobedience as sin. When God gives a command He expects you to obey if you claim you belong to Him. Even if you say to Him that you desire to please Him but if your actions are not consistent to what He wills for your life, you are disobedient to Him. God wants you to act consistent with your commitment to Him to obey (see Matthew 21:28-32). Each day, do not just desire that you will be committed to His will, act on it. When you know what is right and you do not act on it you are disobedient. “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (James 4:17).