Bible Ballistics: “BBs” #67 Sweet or Sour Words????
1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
Saul had been on a mission for ‘God’, with specific instructions. Yet, his return in apparent victory revealed that he had failed to obey God’s instructions. He had taken liberty with God’s word to him. When called on this by Samuel the prophet, he feigned the excuse that he had returned with the livestock as a sacrifice for God. Samuel’s answer is still true today,
‘to obey is better than sacrifice’.
I’ve been pricked in my heart of late and I’m going to hit a subject that I have covered before. Are we really ‘serving’ God when we use Facebook and other ‘social’ media and put lovely sentiments acknowledging God, yet post and allow posts to be seen on our pages that include the ugliest of words and/or ideas?
Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
In Matthew 12:26 Jesus himself says this,
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Our words are important, whether spoken or written.
So???? Here’s our shot for today!!!! Watch your words.
Remember that ‘to obey is better than sacrifice’.
God wants our lives to reflect Him,
not with just pretty posts and accolades,
but to guard and know Jesus’ call in Luke 6:46,
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
So? Keep looking up!!! Take notice of the things around you and know that,
“….. those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” Matt. 15:18
What’s on your ‘public space’?
What’s in your heart?
It will come out—
or tolerance of the crude things of the world.
Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”