Powered by 4 - June 23, 2015

Tough Love

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. The picture is one of a now old Samuel who is still seeking after and following God faithfully and wanting the best for the nation of Israel. But 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 and telling him that God had taken Israel from him and given it to another who was better. A tough day delivering 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 from this passage about obedience? Tami

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