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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-35

My heart went out to Samuel and the situation in which he finds himself in 1 Samuel 15. Samuel, now an old man, is still seeking after and following God faithfully and wanting the best for the nation of Israel, but the same can't be said of Saul. After delivering clear instructions to Saul concerning the Amalekites, Samuel discovers that Saul has disobeyed God's directive. Disappointed, hurt, angry and frustrated, Samuel then turns to the unpleasant task of confronting Saul about his sin and telling him that God had taken Israel from him and given it to another who was better. A tough, hard day delivering and then carrying out a tough message for Samuel.

What do Samuel's words in verse 22, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams," reveal about God and what He values? What did you learn about obedience from this passage? Tami

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"But humble, sincere, and conscientious obedience to the will of God, is more pleasing and acceptable to him than all burnt-offering and sacrifices. God is more glorified and self more denied, by obedience than by sacrifice. It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burned upon the altar, than to bring every high thought into obedience to God, and to make our will subject to his will. Those are unfit and unworthy to rule over men, who are not willing that God should rule over them." Matthew Henry

God puts great value in complete obedience, not my will,but thy will be done.

Obedience is better than sacrifice. Some sacrifices are made with pride and even with out commitment. God help us.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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