1 Samuel 15:22-23 (VOICE) …Be certain of this: that obedience is better than sacrifice…
Beloved, yielding to My voice is one of the sweetest acts of worship you can bring. It is an aroma so pleasing before Me. It is a wordless declaration that you trust Me and that I AM a worthy God. No form of sacrifice outweighs the gift of your obedience.
Partial obedience is still disobedience. It is a sign you trust your own judgment and agenda above My own. If you truly trust Me, you will obey Me. Even your need to understand is based in a desire to judge My judgment.
Release your need to understand. Release your need to determine if you agree with My instructions or requests, and simply yield. Yield out of love. Yield out of respect. Yield to give honor. Yield to bring glory. Part of “giving your life to Me” is yielding to Me, so release any need to judge or control and simply trust and obey.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 (VOICE) Samuel: Does the Eternal One delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings as much as in perfect obedience to His voice? Be certain of this: that obedience is better than sacrifice; to heed His voice is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as much a sin as fortune-telling, and willfulness is as wicked as worshiping strange gods. Because you have rejected His commands, He has rejected you as king.
[Papa kept downloading more on this topic, so there’s also a short study on it on my personal blog (MeghanW.com) called Obedience is Better than Sacrifice.]