Tuesday, June 23, 2009


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.
1 Samuel 15:22

When my son was a toddler, every now and again he would run to me, smother me with kisses and say... "I wuv you, Mommy. You are da best Mommy." and there was just something about the way he would do it, that I would know to ask... "What did you DO?" This would cue him to start that toddler chant "SowwyMommywuvyouMommy."

So, I would get up, go into his room and find whatever it is that he had done and start the lesson; "I love when you tell me you love me. I love when you say you are sorry when you break the rules. But do you know what Mommy loves best of all? What makes Mommy soooo happy?"

"When I fowow da rules"

Ah, yes. I'm pretty sure that's what the Bible is telling us in the above verses. It's great to pray and ask forgiveness. It's great to sacrifice. But if we simply follow God's commandments- we will be speaking volumes to Him. We will be telling him:
  • I trust You- I believe that You want what's best for me
  • I respect You- I submit to Your authority
  • I hear You- I am giving You my attention and listening to Your directions
  • I acknowledge You - I don't think you're easily fooled or unaware
  • I honor You- I want to do what you've asked me to do because you are worthy
  • I love You-
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments
John 14:15

Next chapter: Clear Conscience: Dealing with offenses toward others *gulp*



DidiLyn said...

My husband and I have been having the old "Truth vs. Grace" arguement...I mean DISCUSSION lately. I know, know, KNOW that they go hand in hand, it can't be one without the other....but. I am rambling, and you probably won't have an iota of an idea how this comment relates to your post.But your post today speaks to my heart. Just thought I should tell ya. :-)

truth said...

What a beautiful truth! I miss having small children. I learned so many simple truths about God. Of course having older children there is no lack of truths still to be learned, but I find I don't dig hard enough sometimes and it is harder to admit acting like a teenager when it comes to a relationship with the Lord.

Oh to be like a child....

Gretchen said...

I don't think my forehead is big enough for the stamp which I'd lurve to have upon it: I trust, respect, submit to, acknowledge and love you Jesus. Help me to live these truths, Lord.

Yeah...but I think it might be stamped in my heart. Thanks for this example, Amber. Beautifully written.

Scrapper Mom said...

Amber- you are such a wonderful writer. I've been out of the "blog loop" for so long barely even writing any post on my own blog. But somehow when I come back to visit you, I feel refreshed. Thank you...and thank you for continue to visit me and for your sweet, uplifting comments.

Shanda said...

Great analogy! It is so easy to tell our kids to do it isn't it? ;)

Laretha said...

That was GREAT! We are HIS children. As much as we want our children to obey, He longs for us to do the same.

What a great story!

Thank you so much for the gentle reminder!

Carpoolqueen said...

It just doesn't get any simpler than that.

Becky said...

Oh, man...awesome analogy.

Definitely keep this one for your devotional book. ;)

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

That was nice. I am studying Romans now and it speaks of similar things.

I suppose as a cradle Christian, re-entering it with fresh eyes and a ton of questions, it does beg the question, "Why do this Christian walk? We're never going to be good enough for God."

Someone very wise told me that nothing we do will ever be enough. It's enough to follow his Word on faith, then follow with acts.

But as a perfectionist, I keep getting back to, "But why try? How are we not going to end up hypocrites?"

And I know that's warped thinking... just sharing where I am.

I am on my journey though! Say a prayer for me, please. And anyone else who wants to.

Halfmoon Girl said...

This goes along with our sermon this morning- Abraham and God in Gen 15 (or was it 14? no, 15, I think). There needs to be more than words to our faith- we need to step out in OBEDIENCE.