Chapter 13 raises a sobering question to ponder—how easily do we excuse our sin?
Chapter 12 is a sobering reminder that in the midst of great blessing, our hearts can still be far from God. The prophet Samuel tells the people of Israel—and us—where true prosperity lay—“If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice . . .” (1 Samuel 12:14).
When besieged by the enemy, men of Israel said they would give themselves up, “if there is no one to deliver us” ( 1 Samuel 11:3)—despite the many times God had delivered them. When challenged by life’s circumstances, are you shaky about whether God can help? Or are you fully persuaded as to who He is and what He is able to do?
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!