“But Samuel replied: ‘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.'” (I Samuel 15:22, NIV)
The adage, “It is better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission,” has no traction in a disciple’s relationship with his or her heavenly Father.
Like any good parent, God wants you and me to be obedient to His will and to His way because disobedience does require sacrifice: Sacrificed time, sacrificed opportunities, sacrificed relationships that might have sustained us and, most notably, sacrificed intimacy with our God and Creator.
In the economy of heaven, simple obedience is always preferable to our most extravagant “make-ups” and “make-goods” for disobedience. Better to do it right the first time up! – Luther