Scripture: 1 Samuel: 13-14. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Saul was thirty years old when he had become king, and he ruled over Israel for forty-two years. Instead of waiting for a priest to give a burnt offering, Saul offered the sacrifice himself, which was against God’s law. Samuel pointed out to Saul that he had not kept the command that God had given him. The Philistines were intimidating to the Israelites at this point in time. Jonathan, Saul’s son, and his armor-bearer had destroyed the Philistine outpost. Even though Jonathan did not have the authority to lead the Israelite troops into battle, he started a small battle at the corner of the enemy camp, throwing the Philistines into a state of confusion. God saved His people from the Philistines, once again. Follow along in 1 Samuel 13-14 to see what other lessons can be learned from these chapters of the Bible!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Jonathan, Saul’s son, and his armor-bearer had destroyed the Philistine outpost, and Saul took the credit for it. Saul’s pride seemed to be growing by the day. When we try to take credit for the accomplishments of others, it shows that pride is controlling our lives. Always give the credit to those who deserve it so that pride does not have a foothold in our lives. The Israelites grew afraid and hid when they saw the size of the Philistine army. We need to remember who is always on our side. When we face troubles and temptations in life, we must focus our attention on God and His direction for us. We must trust Him, for He will help us. When we know what God wants, we must always obey Him no matter what the consequences are. When we make mistakes in life, we should just admit them instead of worrying about trying to look good. God is the only one who knows the timing of His plans and promises to us. In the meantime, we must commit our ways to God and trust Him for the outcome.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and direct each of our lives to fulfill Your ultimate purpose, Father, and help us to always be ready when You call us to action. Please help us to always put You as our first priority in life and not to push You aside. We will trust in Your provision(s) for us, Father, for we know that You know exactly where You want each of us. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Help us to commit our ways to You and to trust You for the outcome. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.