Why did Samuel say to Saul, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams?” (1 Sam. 15:22). Because God would rather have us obey than to accomplish the most astounding feats or offer the most lavish praise. There is no substitute for obedience. God will produce the results He wants if we will but provide the obedience He requires. However, when we take it in hand to get the results that we think are good and desirable by our own means instead of always being careful to obey the voice of the Lord, we have sinned. Let us obey.