But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.’ (1 Samuel 15:22-23 NIVUK)
When God gives us instructions, we need to carry them out to the letter – even if it is hard. Scripture is filled with many instructions that are hard to carry out but these instructions lead to abundant life. Saul’s disobedience here marks the end of his kingship.
Holy Spirit, please move my heart to be willing to obey Your Word.