16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
1 Samuel 15:22
22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great 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.
-We naturally tend to avoid facing our weaknesses and deficiencies in life. This can already be a problem just in regards to temporal things, but how often are we guilty of trying to avoid deficiencies in our spiritual lives? What I mean is how often do we make choices that we know God does not approve of, then try to justify ourselves by casting light on some other area of our life where we are doing “well”. In essence, we are attempting to offer something to the Lord in exchange for holding onto certain sins. This simply does not work in God’s economy because God never wanted our sacrifices to begin with, only our obedience. Not only are we not fooling God when we trade one for the other, we are in fact widening the gap between us and the Lord.