1 Samuel 15:  22-23

22 But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices

As much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

To obey is better than sacrifice,

And to heed is better than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,

And arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

He has rejected you as king.”



The 2nd chapter of our Advent study book, When God Comes Down by James A. Harnish, discusses Joseph’s faithful obedience to an undressed God. The scripture verse above presents a contrast of unfaithful disobedience to God’s word and the consequence.

Most of us, regardless of age, have experienced abrupt interruptions in our lives.  These seem to arrive in an undiscriminating manner. Our financial state, social or professional position and length of time between abrupt interruptions really don’t seem to matter or protect us from experiencing them.  They just happen and these events are referred to as “real life.”  At some point along the way with all our planning, we may come to the realization that we are not in control after all–we only thought we were.

When faced with the unplanned, leaning into God confidently and faithfully without question seems to build a connection with Him through the heart, mind, and soul which allows the strength to journey on flow more freely. This has been my personal experience.

The Advent scriptures convey a series of events that are underscored with obedience to God.  God asks us to love him with all our heart, our soul, our strength and our mind. The persons He chose to effect His Will of coming to Earth as God incarnate were individuals who did just that—Zechariah and Elizabeth, and Mary and Joseph.

Suzanne Baier

Prayer: Oh God, help us to obey your will with pure hearts and to trust in your wisdom to lead us through the abrupt interruptions of life. Amen.

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