When listening to 1 Samuel 15 on my way to work the other day, I was reminded of an important truth. There’s a point when God tells Saul to go to battle and not leave any person or animal alive. Upon winning the battle, Saul has his people bring the best animals back to him to sacrifice to God. That’s considerate of him right? Actually, God was pretty ticked off. Not because of the sacrifice, but because Saul was not obedient to God. In that moment, God made it clear that obedience was more important than sacrifice.
In marriage, you have to work together to make the best decisions for your family. Casey and I try to keep our eyes focused on Christ when making our decisions, but sometimes we can become blinded by sacrifice. When we were first married, Casey and I were spending a lot of time trying to stay in touch with friends and even more time serving in East Nashville. We were sacrificing for others, for God, but we realize now that we were not being obedient. God calls us to make our marriage a priority and although we were sacrificing, we were not giving attention to our marriage. We ended up so disconnected that it took leaving almost all of our commitments to reconnect. It’s weird to think that we can be serving others and sacrificing our time, money and talents for God, but he’s disappointed because despite our sacrifice, we were still being disobedient. Has there been a time in your life when you’ve been sacrificing or serving, just to realize that you were being disobedient to God?