“Samuel said, has the Lord as great a 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.”
1 Samuel 15:22
When God has spoken, what reason or excuse do you have or want to give that He did not know about ahead of time?
When He told Saul to UTTERLY destroy the Amalekite and all they have, did He not know some oxen were fat? Did he not know that He Himself ought to be worshiped?
See! No excuse or reason is good enough to disobey God.
Many times we console ourselves and say: I will disobey God on this matter, He must understand, the situation is beyond me, the circumstance has overtaken me, I am not the only one involved, even pastors are doing it, my case cannot be different among the multitude, I am not the one who murdered Jesus, I was led to do that, and so many of such rash and presumptuous conclusions.
But friend, it is a bitter pill to swallow that you can never find a good enough reason to displease the Lord.
Samuel said to Saul: “will the Lord delight in your good reasons and excuses as much as He delights in your obedience to him?
“Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.” Genesis 6:9
I chose to make a note of reference to Noah, I marvelled at the account of this man.
He had every reason in this world not to obey God. There was no example of godliness around him, no preacher of righteousness to admonish him, no moral support whatsoever to encourage him, no laws or rules to live by, and no congregation to fellowship with.
He lived in the midst of opposition, oppression, humiliation, and absolute evil. The wickedness around him was so thick and gloomy to the point of Divine concern and regret. And in the midst of all that, God gave him strange instructions; to do things that have never happened or with any precedence.
Yet Noah, despite all the odds obeyed God to the letter.
But you, despite all that the grace through Christ Jesus has made available, and with all the works of the Holy Spirit within you, you still justify you stubbornness and disobedience with flimsy excuses.
I charge you today; do not take the grace of God for granted. Rather put the power of grace to work in your life; make it effective by being resolute and determined to glorify God with your actions and behaviour.
Make up your mind to please God with your life, and put aside everything that can weaken your determination: habits, friends, materials, events, and all parasitic sins.
“Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right of the throne of God.” Hebrew 12:1-2
With this great cloud of witnesses among which are: Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Paul, Peter, and all the believers who have gone ahead of you, it will be impossible to find genuine and honest reasons to continue living in disobedience to God.