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A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, December 15

1 Samuel 15:22

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.“

Today this passage made me think of a saying I have seen on social media and have heard people use. It is something to the effect that, “it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” If we know what is right, we should do what is right. If I know God asks me to behave in a certain way and then I do something else, it is wrong for me to count on His forgiveness. I know God does forgive me, but that does not give me the freedom to act badly. God’s Holy Spirit, living in me, in my conscience, is my guide. I need to be listening and do it right the first time.

Holy Father, I am listening for your voice, and I am hearing you more and more. Lead me, guide me, I pray. Amen

Becky, transforming

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