Daily Dose, Oct. 25 — Whole Life & Holy Living

"And Samuel said, ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obedience to the voice of the Lord? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is no less a sin than divination, and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king." (1 Samuel 15:22-23)
"Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from doing evil. Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few." (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2) How would someone else describe you? What words would they use? What traits would the assign to you? Would they call you a “man/woman of your word”? Would they describe you as someone who “does what they say they’re doing to do”? When it’s all boiled down, who are you at your core? One word that may come to mind when you think of these questions is honesty. Another word that comes to mind - and the one I have in my mind more - is fidelity. Fidelity is synonymous with faithfulness. Our lives - ALL of our lives - are meant to display fidelity (faithfulness) to God. Does yours? It’s not fair to ask you the question and not ask it of myself: Does mine? When we are faithful - when we practice fidelity, I believe that it pleases God. I believe it’s what God desires and designs for us.b “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” Then let me act toward God in the better way! Let me do what pleases him, rather than something lesser and hope he’ll find a way to accept it! To be faithful and obedient, I first need to know what it is I’m being faithful to. I need to listen for God’s spoken and unspoken direction in my life. I need to take to heart how he’s revealed himself to all of us in Scripture. I need to pray and worship and give and serve. I need to deny myself and take up a cross. If I don’t do those things, I may find myself settling for things that don’t please God as much. I want God - the maker of all that is - to look on me and be pleased. Don’t you? --Rev. Brad Greene