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1 Samuel 15:22

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…

God promised to give Jericho into the Israelites’ hands, but when they would have marched into battle, He had another idea. Let’s spend seven days walking around this problem before we solve it!

We want to make progress, but God walks us in circles. We want to surge forward, but God forces us to take another lap. Why do we get so frustrated when we know that there is a lesson in every lap?

Our perspective of progress is nothing like God’s perspective. We measure success when we see what we want. God measures success when we are willing to do what He wants.

We want God to bless our businesses; He wants us to recognize Him as our Source. We want God to bless our marriages; He wants us to submit to one another. We want God to stamp out our tempers; He wants us to practice self-discipline. We want God to erase our hasty words; He wants us to control our tongues.

The next time God waves you on to another lap, stay alert for the lesson to be learned and for the wisdom He will whisper. Your willingness to put one foot in front of the other is better than any sacrifice you might make. The Lord delights in your obedience as you take another lap.


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you measure progress by your obedience to God’s voice, quick to hear and obey. And may you rest in the knowledge that He is leading you to the Promised Land. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 10:1-11:16

New Testament 

2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 56:1-13

Proverbs 23:6-8



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