Welcome back everyone! I just want to say great job to everyone is tracking along with us on the 28 Day reading challenge. We have read half of 1 Samuel already and I pray it is a rich experience for you both interacting with the Scriptures and gleaning from the insights of others. Keep it up!
Today's reading 1 Samuel 15-16
I'm struck by how deeply emotionally and spiritually connected Samuel is to Saul's mistakes and the LORD'S regret of making Saul king. It says that Samuel was so deeply moved that he cried out in prayer to the LORD all night (vs 11). The question of all questions is found in this chapter; Samuel says, "What is more pleasing to the LORD: burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?" Man! Talk about in your face. We have to wrestle with this question still today. It is easy to worry about going through the proper rituals and religious motions, but what about obedience to His voice? That is what really matters. Rebellion is as bad as witchcraft and worshiping idols in the eyes of the LORD (vs 23) - wow! Saul is rejected as king and now the story is about to take a turn.
When Samuel goes to find the LORD'S anointed, the LORD tells him, "The LORD doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts and intentions (vs 7)." I think this is as applicable today as it was then. I actually did a sermon on this two weeks ago called a Ruthless Invasion. Samuel then anoints David and the journey with David that we all get to witness begins.