We Believe: Day 1 – Who Are You Listening To?

If you have not heard this awesome album, you can listen to it here, or at http://transmission.virb.com/webelieve.

Have you ever ridden on public transportation before? Or attended a sports game? Or visited an elementary school? If you have, what do all of these venues have in common?

Did you guess it? Noise, sound, voices…

We Believe (album cover)Like each of those locations, our world is full of competing voices. Brands shouting their messaging at you. The media trying to fit you into one mold or the other. People over you trying to make you into them. It is deafening, confusing, maddening, overwhelming… it is…

There are times when I need to see a clear vision. I need to hear a defined voice. I want to follow reliable direction. I crave guidance from a trusted source.

It’s how we hear Your voice, when the world’s so crazy loud
It’s how we make the choice, to seek You above the crowd

Doctrine #1 of The Salvation Army is the inspiration of the track “The Word.” The doctrine says simply that the Word of God is the place where we should find our start. It should provide the clear vision. God’s Word has a defined voice. The Scriptures give reliable direction.

The Bible can give us the guidance we so desperately need!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalms 119:105 NIV)

In addition to the Word of God, where are other places we can go for help?

Soli Deo Gloria!

This devotional material is based on the album, We Believe, by Atlanta-based band, transMission. This material is being presented as additional throughout-provoking material. It is not meant to be doctrinal material. Quoting from the band itself: “Instead think of these songs as the frame which supports the art itself. The illustration to the sermon. “We Believe” is the illustration. The Doctrines are the sermon.” If you would like to listen to the tracks, they are found here, http://transmission.virb.com/webelieve.
Thanks for reading!

The Better Choice

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But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)

As we travel down the road of life, we are faced with many choices. Some choices seem easy at first, but have hard consequences later on. Some of the difficult decisions that we have to go through seem to be a lot simpler on the other side.

Today, we see Samuel giving Saul a message from God to destroy the Amalekite people for their sin and against Him and His people. The LORD instructs Saul to completely destroy every thing and every person. Saul rushes off with 210,00 troops and wins a great victory. However, Saul captures King Agag of Amalek and the best of his sheep, goats, cattle, calves, and lambs. Scripture goes even further to mention that they kept only what appealed to them. Notice here that these things appealed to them, not God. In fact, they destroyed everything that was of poor quality or worthless.

Saul returns home after a great victory, but here comes old Samuel to meet with Saul. Before Saul had even arrived, God had spoken to Samuel and told him what had happened. God was not pleased with the choice that Saul made. When Samuel confronts Saul about the “bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle,” Saul quickly tell him that he was not keep them for himself. They were to be sacrificed to the LORD.

Oh, sure, Saul! You were not going to keep any of the animals for yourself! In fact, I am sure that the reason that you kept King Agag was to sacrifice him to the LORD as well. Samuel and God see right through this ploy. Samuel answers in verse 22. Basically, he tells Saul that obedience is much better than gifts or offerings. If we cannot even obey the commands of God, what does it mean that we offer Him a present? God is not impressed by what we say we are going to do, but what we actually do.

This decision costs Saul. Verse 35 says that Samuel never went to meet with Saul again. and, chapter 16 begins with God leading Samuel to a new leader for the people. We have to be careful about the choices we make and the intentions behind those choices.

Soli Deo Gloria!