The end of one chapter always opens up the beginning of another!
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…
Read - 1 Samuel 15-16
Saul defeats one of Israel’s greatest enemies but doesn’t do so with the precise obedience God requires…thus the Kingdom is taken from him. We cannot say we follow Jesus when there are huge chunks of our lives that go in the opposite direction of His will and His Word. We can say we are ‘trying to follow Jesus’. God’s grace can cover our failingsbut we will miss out on much of the promises of God in this way.
God appoints a new king in young David. It will be years before he wears the crown but for now, he is chosen and begins serving Saul. This will provide much character and soul shaping for David. God saw into David’s heart and that he was ultimately the type of man who could grow into being the type of servant leader that Israel would need. Still today, God looks first upon our heart. What does he find in you?
Lord, help me to have a heart that pleases You.
Read Matthew 6:21. Where was Saul (and the people’s) heart when they didn’t get rid of the bounty of the victory over the Amalekites?
Saul’s Kingship is on a downward spiral towards destruction and we can trace it to a handful of decisions that he made against the will of God. Saul presumed he knew God but didn’t really know him personally. He relied on what he thought he knew. He was also easily led around by others. His love for God didn’t guide his decisions.