Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 15
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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 15:22
So Samuel said:
“Has 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 heed than the fat of rams…”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Lord God, You have taken the judgment I deserved. Dear Lord Jesus, You suffered far more than King Agag and King Saul did for the evil of their sin. All I can do now is cry out to You, “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” I say this with my whole heart, mind and soul. You’ve said, Lord Jesus, that I am now made right in the sight of God. I have no excuses for my sin, and like King David, I have found forgiveness. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I was compelled just now to meditate on God’s mercy. In the Virgin Mary’s prophetic utterance, she spoke these words: “He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:49-50). Later in his Gospel, Luke records the prayer of repentance and cry for mercy which God hears and answers with His assuring “Yes” (Luke 18:9-14). What comfort! I’ve also just read Hebrews 8, the entire chapter is my New Testament reading for today.
All who are in leadership, particularly Christian leadership, must be warned that God will never take excuses for sin. He only receives sorrow for sin…that’s being sorry enough to quit sinning…and that’s called repentance! Christian leaders have built memorials to themselves, as Saul did. I fall on my face and cry out for mercy. I take most seriously the Words of our key verse, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” Once again I pray the sinners’ prayer, “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” I remember clearly the words of John, who included himself, writing, “If we say that we have no sin [present tense] we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). What assurance!
Yours for constant cleansing from all sin (1 John 1:1 – 2:6),
“God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
Pray for those in authority…
Thank you for this Article, Rob.
I went to forward it to other friends but realized that some of my Christian friends would interpret my action like the Prosecutor (even within my family).
There were some Christians and non- Christians who I knew would find this informative ( and ultimately- an attack on our freedoms)……Lord, in Your Mercy, help us all to know Your Eternal Truth.
Doreen, may you sleep well tonight, and feel refreshed in God’s Spirit. May wisdom and discernment and peace abound throughout your time of testing.
Thank you Laur. I checked out the location today and I feel a bit more confident about finding the location for the test. Thanks again. Blessings!
Very interesting article, Rob. Thank you. Obedience is better than sacrifice (and a much better outcome for us). Lord, help me/us to understand and obey. Amen. P.S. please pray for me as tomorrow I take my Seniors Driving test, which has just been updated, with changes that seem to make it more difficult. Thanks.
Doreen: Praying that you will pass your driving test without any problems🙏
Thank you Eleanor. I really appreciate your prayers.