5. OBEYING GOD IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE
My friends take hold of good instructions for they are the keys to your survival. Whether it is from God or from your parents, do not shun goodly counsel. They are graceful ornaments on your head and chains about your neck. Only fools stupidly despise good counsel and thus lack the discipline that follows from it. Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to heed than the fat of rams.
God is inviting you today; turn at My reproof; surely I will pour out my Spirit on you; I will make My words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out My hand and no one regarded, because you disdained all My counsel, and would have none of My reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on Me, but I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, they would have none of My counsel and despised all My reproof; therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of the fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil. (Proverbs 1:23-33, NKJV)
Friends, God speaks to people in many different ways. However, when He speaks and people choose not to listen to divine communication, thinking that they know better than God, that they are brilliant, macho and smart, well then like in the days of Noah and the ark, those rascals ate the fruits of disobedience.
Consequences for those who disobey the call of God are, when they cry unto Him in evil time and in the days of famine, He will ignore their cry. How terrible would it be at the time of need for God to laugh at you or mock at your disaster? It will be devastating and self destroying.
Nevertheless, our God is merciful, gracious, forgiving Father and wants you to come close to Him now. Friends, obeying the voice of the LORD God is better than sacrifice and to heed than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22, NKJV. ).
The voice of God can come in many different ways: it can come through the servant of God, the Word, dreams, visions, et cetera, just obey and be saved.
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Princes were hung up by their hands, and elders were not respected. Young men ground at the millstones; boys staggered under loads of wood. The elders have ceased gathering at the gate, and the young men from their music. The joy of our heart has ceased; our dance has turned into mourning. The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned! Because of this our heart is faint; because of these things our eyes grow dim. Lamentations 5:7-17.