Each week, we present a devotional that was written by one of our partners.  This week’s words of reflection are from Nathan Ross.The Word:

“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 than the fat of rams.” I Samuel 15:22

The Story:

Now Saul was a pretty awesome guy by the standards of his day. He was specially anointed by a prophet to be the king of Israel. He was just amazing and strong; one of those natural leaders that you’d just want to follow. But Saul ended up getting rejected by God. Why would this awesome guy, handpicked by God, end up shortly thereafter getting rejected by God? In verse 20, Saul says, “But I did obey the LORD, I went on the mission the LORD assigned me.” The problem was he got caught up in the task that God gave him as opposed to the specific vision that God told him to follow. As someone who has served in an increasing capacity, I’ve noticed that I’ve become increasingly caught up in the task. My focus has shifted away from God and His commands, to all the little details of how I think it should be carried out. I never want Him to reject me as a tool to carry out a specific part of His plan because my heart is not seeking after His heart, or because my sacrifice is trumping my obedience.

The Reflection:

When completing responsibilities for ministry, work, or home, what is our goal? What can we do to be sure we are staying near the heart of God while still completing everyday duties?

The Application: Sometimes when we get caught up in everyday tasks, we can begin to grow distant from the heart of God. That is never a place we want to be. This week, before we begin any task, let us spend unhurried time with the Lord and remember that He should be the foundation of everything we do.

 

The Prayer:

Lord, we pray that we seek after You more and more every day. Help us keep You at the center of our focus beyond any mission that You may send us on. Amen.