Precious obedience

Any time, Drive time

Discuss which would please parents more: Giving up fabulous food (alternatively, loads of toys), or obeying their instructions.

Discussion point: 1 Samuel 15:22, “To obey is better than sacrifice.”

Ask your children to imagine a table filled with all kinds of delicacies. Have your children add their favourite foods to the story.

Alternatively, describe a toy box filled with all kinds of wonderful toys, again having your children suggest some favourites.

Now ask your children, “How do you think you could please Mom and Dad the most: by giving up the whole table of treats [box of toys] for them, or by obeying their instructions?”

Of course, the correct answer reflects the truth of 1 Samuel 15:22, which emphasizes that obedience is better than sacrifice. Direct your children’s attention to this passage of Scripture.

Relevant Scripture

1 Samuel 15:22 “But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’ ”