Scripture: 1 Samuel: 15-17. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Lord told Samuel a message to give to Saul – He was going to punish the Amalekites for what they had done to the Israelites when they came up from Egypt. Saul was to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything that belonged to them. However, Saul did not destroy all of the plunder from the battle, as God had instructed. The Lord then told Samuel that He was grieved that He had made Saul the king of Israel. Saul was a dishonest person; he had disobeyed God and then lied to Samuel about the outcome of the battle. God told Samuel that He was going to point out to him a new king for Israel. Samuel consecrated Jesse and his sons. Samuel anointed David, Jesse’s youngest son. Goliath was over nine feet tall, and he would taunt the Israelite soldiers. David knew the importance of taking action against Goliath, and he knew that God was on his side. With one small stone, David slung it and struck Goliath in the forehead, and he fell to the ground.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Saul and his men did not destroy all of the plunder from the battle, as God had commanded them to do. Saul disobeyed God by being selective with his obedience. When we slide over sin in order to protect what we have, we are disobeying God, as well. Dishonest individuals start to believe the lies that they construct around themselves. They then start to lose the ability to tell the difference between the truth and a lie. Honesty is always the better route to take. God had warned Samuel about judging on appearance alone when selecting a new king, as in Saul’s case. God judges by faith and character, not by our outward appearance. We must work on improving our heart’s attitude instead. David was very brave and knew that God was on His side. He had trusted God and put his complete faith in His abilities. God gives us the strength that we need, so we must trust Him. When faced with troubles in life, think back to the times that God has helped you in the past.
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. Help us to work on our heart’s attitude instead of worrying about our outward appearance. 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.