Verse of the Day


"Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed better than the fat of rams."

~I Samuel 15:22-23


Today's Devotional Thought

March 12, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Simple Obedience

As I am sure many of you are doing, we are watching The Bible miniseries on Sunday nights. We are watching as a family and I have enjoyed it very much. The questions that the kids have asked during it have allowed us to talk about familiar stories in a new way. It has been a great thing for our young family.

On Sunday, the series centered on Saul and David. I enjoyed watching Samuel and the anointing of Saul and the discovery of David. We meet Saul's son Jonathan and see David kill Goliath. And oh how the story unfolding on our screen reminded us of the pride of Saul and his lack of true obedience to the Lord.

And I was left asking myself, where in my life am I like Saul?

No one really wants to relate to Saul. We have a tendency to want to relate to the heroes of the Bible. The Davids or Abrahams or Peters or Pauls. Sure, all of these men had flaws as well, but they also had great moments of trust and obedience to God. And they are who we tend to gravitate to. Those are the ones we want to be like.

No one says, where in my life am I like Saul?

But even still, that question mulled around my brain and I prayed earnestly that the Lord would show me the areas of pride or disregard for God's commands that I may have in parts of my life. Where am I disobedient? Where am I prideful? Where am I doing whatever I want to do?

In a commentary on Saul, Warren Wiersbe captured the character of Saul with this statement, "Saul had a habit of substituting saying for doing and of making excuses instead of confessing sins. No matter what happened, it was always somebody else's fault."

Ever been like this?

As I have studied Saul in the past and as I watched a portion of his life played out on television Sunday, I have been reminded of the importance of confessing sins and remaining repentant before the Lord. And I have been reminded of the importance of remembering who God is and who I am. Even the king of Israel must remain repentant and humble before the Lord.

But Saul didn't. And he fell.

What makes a Saul who sins different from a David, an Abraham, a Peter, or a Paul who sins? A truly repentant, humble, and obedient heart.

Watching The Bible has brought many questions to mind for my children. And it has been great to discuss the many stories we are watching on screen. It has also brought to mind several characters who can be learned from. And from Saul, I have been reminded to stay humble before the Lord and remain obedient to his ways.

Just as Samuel says to Saul in I Samuel 15:

"Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed better than the fat of rams." (v. 22-23)

Today, I confess my sins to the Lord and recommit myself to following his Word in my life. Nothing at all that I could give him or do for him would be more important than my simple and daily obedience.

And that is a lesson we can all take from the life of Saul.


Memorize this verse today:

"Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed better than the fat of rams."
~I Samuel 15:22-23



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