Friday, December 15, 2017

MacDonald: every moment

Friday, December 15, 2017
    “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”
    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. 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.”
    —1 Samuel 15:20-23 (NIV)
    In God, we live every commonplace as well as the most exalted moment of our being. To trust in Him when no need is pressing, when things seem going right of themselves, may be harder than when things seem going wrong.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), What’s Mine’s Mine [1886], London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1889, p. 171 (see the book)
    See also 1 Sam. 15:20-23; Deut. 8:11-14; Ps. 78:11; 103:2; 106:21-22; Matt. 7:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let me not stray when the path is easy.
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