to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
August 29, 2019 – Thursday
Jeremiah 13:1-2 NIV
1 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.”
2 So I bought a belt, as the Lord directed, and put it around my waist.
Skipping ahead in Jeremiah this morning because I received a link on my FB page about obedience tied to these verses with this core thought/question:
Do you care more about what others think than following the Lord in obedience? Radical obedience requires you to walk in humility. Don’t worry about what others think.
The word radical in front of obedience might throw you, but let’s consider the definition of radical when used as an adjective as it is above in Dictionary.com
– of or going to the root or origin; fundamental
This is the first and most applicable definition as we are able to say Radical obedience is Fundamental obedience as presented in terms of walking in humility. Thus, fundamentally are we willing to walk in humility, following the Lord and not worrying about what others may think?
Do you talk about what was discussed in a Bible study or church message or are you too concerned about what others may think to do so? Do you avoid coarse language and off color jokes or do you hang around knowing you should not because you care more about what others may think than following the Lord in obedience?
Also out of place are obscenity and stupid talk or coarse language; instead, you should be giving thanks. Ephesians 5:4 CJB
From Revive Ohio’s Daily Word for today they wrote
God called all His prophets to humble, radical obedience in order to deliver a message to His people. The Lord said to Jeremiah: “Go and buy yourself a linen undergarment. Take the underwear you bought and are wearing and go at once and hide it in a rocky crevice.” Over time, Jeremiah followed the Lord’s instructions with the underwear, and the Lord used Jeremiah’s obedience to deliver a word to His people—He would ruin the great pride of His people in Judah and in Jerusalem. Because of pride, Judah was about to be ruined and removed, just like Jeremiah’s underwear.
The Lord despises pride. He exalts and lifts up the humble. Today, ask the Lord where you need to repent of pride in your life. Whether you realize it or not, pride creeps into everyone’s lives—at work, in parenting, in marriage, even in getting dressed in the morning. Examine your heart. Do you care more about what others think than following the Lord in obedience? Radical obedience requires you to walk in humility. Don’t worry about what others think. If the Spirit of the Lord is leading and prompting you, then just do it. The Lord will use your obedience for His glory.
Really like the question Revive Ohio put to me this morning and I get to put to you this afternoon. Hoping it creates much thought for you.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* 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. (1 Samuel 15:22)