I love the parallels we can draw between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In First Samuel 10, something remarkable happens—the Spirit of the living God comes mightily upon Saul, and he is changed. Yet, as amazing as that is, life in Christ is more powerful.
So much to love about chapter 9 as it shows us an ordinary, mundane task in the life of a man of Israel—then flips to show us the God-side. There’s always a God-side! He is sovereign even over the mundane.
The heart of God is on display when His people reject Him—and choose for themselves a different path. As God responds, we do well to listen and take heed—and steadfastly cling.
Chapter 7 has much to teach us about clinging to God—and how He responds! Also, there’s this prayer I challenge you to pray….
When I think of First Samuel, I think of Hannah, Samuel, Saul, David . . . . None are in this chapter, yet it’s so good—because God is front and center. If you’ve ever doubted His ability to lead you in the way you should go, this chapter is for you!
In Chapter five of First Samuel, we see a key phrase—“the hand of the LORD” (“hand of God”; “God’s hand”). And it’s interesting because throughout the Psalms in my Bible, I’ve marked similar words—“God’s hand”; “God’s right hand.” His hand is powerful! We see a vivid illustration in this chapter, which will hopefully cause us to see the power of His hand in our own lives.
What happens when the glory of God departs? In Chapter 4 of First Samuel, the people of Israel are mourning—yet, for believers in Christ, it should inspire a praise!
In this chapter of First Samuel, we see the God-side of intimacy, and an important aspect of CLINGing. We also see the ongoing fruit of a mother who knew how to cling and pray. Never discount what God is able to do through your prayers. He is able to impact not only your own life but the lives of others—and maybe even a nation!
Chapter 2 puts the spotlight on what it looks like to cling to God, and what it looks like *not* to cling to God….and how God responds. I am loving the interaction on YouTube as we study. Join us!
We are kicking off the CLING Series this week with the first chapter of First Samuel . . . all about a woman who was serious about clinging to God. I pray it blesses!