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Moving On


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 15,16; 1 Chronicles 5; Matthew 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Life is filled with disappointments.  We will be disappointed by our own actions, circumstances, or health conditions.  We will be disappointed by others.  There are so many things in this life that will disappoint us, and it can be very easy to let these disappointments get us so discouraged that we stop serving the Lord.  When things are not going the way we would like them to go, we can have a tendency to give up, but there is a time to accept the disappointments we have faced and move on to whatever God has planned for us next.  In today’s key passage, the prophet Samuel was disappointed.  He had anointed Saul as King of Israel, but because Saul chose not to follow God’s instructions, he had failed.  Samuel was in deep mourning over Saul’s failure, but through his pain God teaches us four lessons about moving on after a disappointment.

The first lesson we learn is that there is a time to stop mourning.  In Verse 1 we read, “The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”  Even though Samuel was disappointed about Saul’s failure, God knew that his mourning would never change the situation.  There is a time to stop grieving and realize that in spite of whatever disappointments we have faced, God is in control.

The second lesson we learn is that we must accept God’s will.  Samuel believed that Saul was going to be a good king when he anointed him, but God rejected Saul because of his own actions.  Samuel had to accept the fact that God had another plan for Israel and for him.  Many times, we tend to hold on to what we think God’s will should be for our lives, when in reality God might have an entirely different plan for us. No matter what we might think at the present time, God’s plan for us is always the best plan, even if it does not fit into our current way of thinking.

The third lesson we learn is that there will come a time when we must simply move on to the next thing God is calling us to do.  God’s plan was for Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint another king.  Although Samuel was afraid of what Saul would do if he heard about Samuel anointing another king, he still chose to obey God and go to Bethlehem.  When we finally stop mourning over a disappointment and accept God’s will for our lives, we will find we can move forward and do as God directs.

The final lesson we learn is that we have to follow God’s directions as we move forward.  When Samuel first saw Jesse’s son Eliab, he immediately assumed that this would be the new king.  It was not until he heard from God that he realized his mistake.  He had to listen for God’s guidance and God ultimately led him to David as the new king of Israel.  Following our disappointments, we need to spend time getting back in tune with God.

Moving on from disappointment can be a hard thing to do, but it is something we will all need to do in this life.  Fortunately, God provides us with a road map to follow on our journey.  As we read His Word daily, we can learn His tips for moving on, and we can ensure we are following Him.

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Creating Our Own Storms


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 11,12; 1 Chronicles 1; 2 Corinthians 11

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 12:12-25

After serving Israel for years as a judge, Samuel made a farewell speech to the Israelites.  In it, Samuel affirmed in the minds of the Israelites that he was trustworthy.  He reminded them of their history and pointed out their wrongs against God.  He also reminded them that it was their idea to appoint a king over Israel against God’s clear instructions.  Once the stage was set, Samuel then said, “‘Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king.’ Then Samuel called upon the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the LORD and of Samuel.” (Vs. 16-18)

To fully understand this passage, it is important to point out a few things about Israel at this time.  This event took place during the wheat harvest, which was near the end of the dry season in Israel during May and June.  During the dry season, rain was a rarity, so having a thunderstorm at this time was considered a miracle.  Unlike most “good” miracles, however, a thunderstorm during this time of the year could have been disastrous for the Israelites.  Any amount of rain during the wheat harvest could damage the crops and cause them to rot.  With this historical information in place, we can now see that this thunderstorm clearly illustrated God’s anger with Israel over asking for a king.  If they had never asked for a king, they would have never had to face that storm.

Sometimes the storms we face in life are created by our own actions.  If we fail to work hard at our jobs, we might find ourselves unemployed.  If we fail to treat our spouse the way we should, we might find ourselves with relationship problems.  Understand that not all of the trials we face are caused by our own actions.  Many times our periods of distress will have nothing to do with what we did and will instead be caused by the evil present in this world.  It is still important to note, however, that when we go against God, He will sometimes send us storms as a way of correcting us.  For this reason, anytime we face a storm it is important that our first step is to search our hearts for any unconfessed sin.  If we discover sin in our lives, our natural reaction as humans might be to try to hide from God.  Samuel offers a much better solution in verse 20 –  “‘Do not be afraid,’ Samuel replied. ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.'”  When we discover that we have created our own storm, we must take that opportunity to press in closer to God instead of turning away from Him.  After all, God is the only one that can save us from the storms, even if we have created them ourselves.  If you have found that you are in the midst of a storm that you have created, find comfort in Samuel’s words in verse 22 when he says, “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.”  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are one of His people.  You are one of His children.  He alone will not reject you.  He alone will calm the storm.

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Being Stubborn


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 8-10; 2 Corinthians 10

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 8:4-22

For many years, God knew that at some point the Israelites were going to want to anoint a king against His wishes (see Deuteronomy 17:14-21).  In today’s key passage, we see this desire for a king finally came to fruition.  The Israelites wanted to be more like their neighbors, and they wanted a king to call their own, so they came to Samuel and asked him to appoint one.  Now Samuel was a man of God, and he knew God’s wishes.  He knew that God was against the Israelites having any king over them other than God himself, so he took this request to God to ask for guidance.  In response to his request, God provided Samuel with a warning to pass on to the Israelites about appointing a king.  Samuel shared with the Israelites God’s warning about what would happen if they appointed themselves a king.  God promised that the king would:

  1. Make the sons of the Israelites serve him either in the army or in working his land
  2. Make the daughters of the Israelites be perfumers and cooks for him
  3. Take the best of the fields, vineyards, and olive groves away from the Israelites
  4. Take a tenth of the Israelites grain
  5. Take the Israelites best servants, cattle, and donkeys and make them his own
  6. Take a tenth of the Israelites flocks
  7. Make the Israelites his slaves

Now, I do not know about you, but none of these things sound very attractive to me.  Despite God’s warnings, however, the Israelites refused to listen and decided that they still wanted a king.  The Israelites were simply being stubborn.

Most of us have a tendency to be stubborn at times.  Sometimes this stubbornness can be a good thing, like when we refuse to quit a task despite its difficulties.  More often than not, however, stubbornness can lead to many problems, and when we choose to be stubborn despite God’s warnings those problems are guaranteed.  Like the Israelites, we will not have to guess when it comes to God’s warnings.  Just as God made His warnings clear to them through Samuel, He makes His warnings clear to us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit.  We know what the Bible says about sin, yet we sometimes still choose to turn away from God and sin anyway.  When the Holy Spirit convicts us that something we are doing, saying, or thinking is wrong, we sometimes still choose to do, say, or think those things anyway.  Looking back on the Israelites choosing a king despite what God told them the king would do seems crazy to us, yet we continue to turn away from God despite the fact that His warnings against sin are far worse than just losing our possessions or our time.  Join me today in asking God to take away our stubbornness towards Him.  Join me in asking God to help us get rid of any “kings” we might want ruling over us other than Him.  Do not choose to be stubborn despite God’s warnings.  Choose instead to live in obedience to Him all the days of your life.

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Hearing God’s Voice


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 77; 2 Corinthians 8

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 3:1-15

Awhile back, I flew into Baltimore, MD for a business trip.  As I was driving to my final destination about an hour outside of Baltimore, the radio station that I was listening to kept fading in and out.  As I drove through the rolling terrain, I noticed that when I was on top of hills, the signal came through loud and clear, but when my rental car descended into valleys the signal would fade and I was barely able to hear the song among the static.  I did not think much of it at the time, but I vividly remembered this experience as I was reading today’s key passage.  So often, hearing God’s voice works the same way as hearing that radio station.  As we move through our spiritual life, we all have high points and low points.  At our highs, we are reading God’s Word daily, we are spending time with Him in prayer, we are living in obedience, and we are constantly seeking Him.  In those times, His voice comes in loud and clear.  When we begin to slip, however, things change.  As we begin to allow the business of life to distract us from His Word or from prayer, His voice becomes harder and harder to hear.  If we spend enough time with our focus and obedience away from God, all we will be able to hear is static.

In today’s key passage, Samuel also faced a problem in hearing God’s voice, but his problem was a bit different.  He had no trouble hearing God voice, but he had difficulty discerning the source.  One night while lying in the temple, God called out to Samuel three different times.  Each time, Samuel’s response was correct in that he answered, “Here I am”, but he thought it was Eli, the high priest, who was calling him.  In 1 Samuel 3:7, we begin to understand the problem when we read, “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.”  Because Samuel did not yet know God, he was unable to realize that the voice he was hearing came from the Lord.  As Samuel’s relationship with God grew, he would eventually solve this problem.  Likewise, as our relationships with God grow, we will not only find it much easier to hear God’s voice, we will also be able to discern when it is His voice that is calling us.  The further away from God we are, the more “static” we will hear.  We will find that we have so many voices speaking to us – the voices of our sinful desires, our past hurts, and our enemy – that we will be unable to distinguish between those voices and the voice of the most-high God.  Whenever you are having trouble hearing God’s voice and discerning His calling for your life, learn to press in even closer to Him.  Spend more time in His Word.  Spend more time in His presence.  As our relationship with God grows deeper and as we shift our focus more on Jesus Christ, we will start to hear from Him loud and clear, and we will be able to answer His calling by saying, “Here I am”.

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Moving On


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 15,16; 1 Chronicles 5; Matthew 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Life is filled with disappointments.  We will be disappointed by our own actions, circumstances, or health conditions.  We will be disappointed by others.  There are so many things in this life that will disappoint us, and it can be very easy to let these disappointments get us so discouraged that we stop serving the Lord.  When things are not going the way we would like them to go, we can have a tendency to give up, but there is a time to accept the disappointments we have faced and move on to whatever God has planned for us next.  In today’s key passage, the prophet Samuel was disappointed.  He had anointed Saul as King of Israel, but because Saul chose not to follow God’s instructions, he had failed.  Samuel was in deep mourning over Saul’s failure, but through his pain God teaches us four lessons about moving on after a disappointment.

The first lesson we learn is that there is a time to stop mourning.  In Verse 1 we read, “The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”  Even though Samuel was disappointed about Saul’s failure, God knew that his mourning would never change the situation.  There is a time to stop grieving and realize that in spite of whatever disappointments we have faced, God is in control.

The second lesson we learn is that we must accept God’s will.  Samuel believed that Saul was going to be a good king when he anointed him, but God rejected Saul because of his own actions.  Samuel had to accept the fact that God had another plan for Israel and for him.  Many times, we tend to hold on to what we think God’s will should be for our lives, when in reality God might have an entirely different plan for us. No matter what we might think at the present time, God’s plan for us is always the best plan, even if it does not fit into our current way of thinking.

The third lesson we learn is that there will come a time when we must simply move on to the next thing God is calling us to do.  God’s plan was for Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint another king.  Although Samuel was afraid of what Saul would do if he heard about Samuel anointing another king, he still chose to obey God and go to Bethlehem.  When we finally stop mourning over a disappointment and accept God’s will for our lives, we will find we can move forward and do as God directs.

The final lesson we learn is that we have to follow God’s directions as we move forward.  When Samuel first saw Jesse’s son Eliab, he immediately assumed that this would be the new king.  It was not until he heard from God that he realized his mistake.  He had to listen for God’s guidance and God ultimately led him to David as the new king of Israel.  Following our disappointments, we need to spend time getting back in tune with God.

Moving on from disappointment can be a hard thing to do, but it is something we will all need to do in this life.  Fortunately, God provides us with a road map to follow on our journey.  As we read His Word daily, we can learn His tips for moving on, and we can ensure we are following Him.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Creating Our Own Storms


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 11,12; 1 Chronicles 1; 2 Corinthians 11

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 12:12-25

After serving Israel for years as a judge, Samuel made a farewell speech to the Israelites.  In it, Samuel affirmed in the minds of the Israelites that he was trustworthy.  He reminded them of their history and pointed out their wrongs against God.  He also reminded them that it was their idea to appoint a king over Israel against God’s clear instructions.  Once the stage was set, Samuel then said, “‘Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king.’ Then Samuel called upon the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the LORD and of Samuel.” (Vs. 16-18)

To fully understand this passage, it is important to point out a few things about Israel at this time.  This event took place during the wheat harvest, which was near the end of the dry season in Israel during May and June.  During the dry season, rain was a rarity, so having a thunderstorm at this time was considered a miracle.  Unlike most “good” miracles, however, a thunderstorm during this time of the year could have been disastrous for the Israelites.  Any amount of rain during the wheat harvest could damage the crops and cause them to rot.  With this historical information in place, we can now see that this thunderstorm clearly illustrated God’s anger with Israel over asking for a king.  If they had never asked for a king, they would have never had to face that storm.

Sometimes the storms we face in life are created by our own actions.  If we fail to work hard at our jobs, we might find ourselves unemployed.  If we fail to treat our spouse the way we should, we might find ourselves with relationship problems.  Understand that not all of the trials we face are caused by our own actions.  Many times our periods of distress will have nothing to do with what we did and will instead be caused by the evil present in this world.  It is still important to note, however, that when we go against God, He will sometimes send us storms as a way of correcting us.  For this reason, anytime we face a storm it is important that our first step is to search our hearts for any unconfessed sin.  If we discover sin in our lives, our natural reaction as humans might be to try to hide from God.  Samuel offers a much better solution in verse 20 –  “‘Do not be afraid,’ Samuel replied. ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.'”  When we discover that we have created our own storm, we must take that opportunity to press in closer to God instead of turning away from Him.  After all, God is the only one that can save us from the storms, even if we have created them ourselves.  If you have found that you are in the midst of a storm that you have created, find comfort in Samuel’s words in verse 22 when he says, “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.”  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are one of His people.  You are one of His children.  He alone will not reject you.  He alone will calm the storm.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Being Stubborn


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 8-10; 2 Corinthians 10

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 8:4-22

For many years, God knew that at some point the Israelites were going to want to anoint a king against His wishes (see Deuteronomy 17:14-21).  In today’s key passage, we see this desire for a king finally came to fruition.  The Israelites wanted to be more like their neighbors, and they wanted a king to call their own, so they came to Samuel and asked him to appoint one.  Now Samuel was a man of God, and he knew God’s wishes.  He knew that God was against the Israelites having any king over them other than God himself, so he took this request to God to ask for guidance.  In response to his request, God provided Samuel with a warning to pass on to the Israelites about appointing a king.  Samuel shared with the Israelites God’s warning about what would happen if they appointed themselves a king.  God promised that the king would:

  1. Make the sons of the Israelites serve him either in the army or in working his land
  2. Make the daughters of the Israelites be perfumers and cooks for him
  3. Take the best of the fields, vineyards, and olive groves away from the Israelites
  4. Take a tenth of the Israelites grain
  5. Take the Israelites best servants, cattle, and donkeys and make them his own
  6. Take a tenth of the Israelites flocks
  7. Make the Israelites his slaves

Now, I do not know about you, but none of these things sound very attractive to me.  Despite God’s warnings, however, the Israelites refused to listen and decided that they still wanted a king.  The Israelites were simply being stubborn.

Most of us have a tendency to be stubborn at times.  Sometimes this stubbornness can be a good thing, like when we refuse to quit a task despite its difficulties.  More often than not, however, stubbornness can lead to many problems, and when we choose to be stubborn despite God’s warnings those problems are guaranteed.  Like the Israelites, we will not have to guess when it comes to God’s warnings.  Just as God made His warnings clear to them through Samuel, He makes His warnings clear to us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit.  We know what the Bible says about sin, yet we sometimes still choose to turn away from God and sin anyway.  When the Holy Spirit convicts us that something we are doing, saying, or thinking is wrong, we sometimes still choose to do, say, or think those things anyway.  Looking back on the Israelites choosing a king despite what God told them the king would do seems crazy to us, yet we continue to turn away from God despite the fact that His warnings against sin are far worse than just losing our possessions or our time.  Join me today in asking God to take away our stubbornness towards Him.  Join me in asking God to help us get rid of any “kings” we might want ruling over us other than Him.  Do not choose to be stubborn despite God’s warnings.  Choose instead to live in obedience to Him all the days of your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Hearing God’s Voice


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 77; 2 Corinthians 8

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 3:1-15

Awhile back, I flew into Baltimore, MD for a business trip.  As I was driving to my final destination about an hour outside of Baltimore, the radio station that I was listening to kept fading in and out.  As I drove through the rolling terrain, I noticed that when I was on top of hills, the signal came through loud and clear, but when my rental car descended into valleys the signal would fade and I was barely able to hear the song among the static.  I did not think much of it at the time, but I vividly remembered this experience as I was reading today’s key passage.  So often, hearing God’s voice works the same way as hearing that radio station.  As we move through our spiritual life, we all have high points and low points.  At our highs, we are reading God’s Word daily, we are spending time with Him in prayer, we are living in obedience, and we are constantly seeking Him.  In those times, His voice comes in loud and clear.  When we begin to slip, however, things change.  As we begin to allow the business of life to distract us from His Word or from prayer, His voice becomes harder and harder to hear.  If we spend enough time with our focus and obedience away from God, all we will be able to hear is static.

In today’s key passage, Samuel also faced a problem in hearing God’s voice, but his problem was a bit different.  He had no trouble hearing God voice, but he had difficulty discerning the source.  One night while lying in the temple, God called out to Samuel three different times.  Each time, Samuel’s response was correct in that he answered, “Here I am”, but he thought it was Eli, the high priest, who was calling him.  In 1 Samuel 3:7, we begin to understand the problem when we read, “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.”  Because Samuel did not yet know God, he was unable to realize that the voice he was hearing came from the Lord.  As Samuel’s relationship with God grew, he would eventually solve this problem.  Likewise, as our relationships with God grow, we will not only find it much easier to hear God’s voice, we will also be able to discern when it is His voice that is calling us.  The further away from God we are, the more “static” we will hear.  We will find that we have so many voices speaking to us – the voices of our sinful desires, our past hurts, and our enemy – that we will be unable to distinguish between those voices and the voice of the most-high God.  Whenever you are having trouble hearing God’s voice and discerning His calling for your life, learn to press in even closer to Him.  Spend more time in His Word.  Spend more time in His presence.  As our relationship with God grows deeper and as we shift our focus more on Jesus Christ, we will start to hear from Him loud and clear, and we will be able to answer His calling by saying, “Here I am”.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Moving On


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 15,16; 1 Chronicles 5; Matthew 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Life is filled with disappointments.  We will be disappointed by our own actions, circumstances, or health conditions.  We will be disappointed by others.  There are so many things in this life that will disappoint us, and it can be very easy to let these disappointments get us so discouraged that we stop serving the Lord.  When things are not going the way we would like them to go, we can have a tendency to give up, but there is a time to accept the disappointments we have faced and move on to whatever God has planned for us next.  In today’s key passage, the prophet Samuel was disappointed.  He had anointed Saul as King of Israel, but because Saul chose not to follow God’s instructions, he had failed.  Samuel was in deep mourning over Saul’s failure, but through his pain God teaches us four lessons about moving on after a disappointment.

The first lesson we learn is that there is a time to stop mourning.  In Verse 1 we read, “The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”  Even though Samuel was disappointed about Saul’s failure, God knew that his mourning would never change the situation.  There is a time to stop grieving and realize that in spite of whatever disappointments we have faced, God is in control.

The second lesson we learn is that we must accept God’s will.  Samuel believed that Saul was going to be a good king when he anointed him, but God rejected Saul because of his own actions.  Samuel had to accept the fact that God had another plan for Israel and for him.  Many times, we tend to hold on to what we think God’s will should be for our lives, when in reality God might have an entirely different plan for us. No matter what we might think at the present time, God’s plan for us is always the best plan, even if it does not fit into our current way of thinking.

The third lesson we learn is that there will come a time when we must simply move on to the next thing God is calling us to do.  God’s plan was for Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint another king.  Although Samuel was afraid of what Saul would do if he heard about Samuel anointing another king, he still chose to obey God and go to Bethlehem.  When we finally stop mourning over a disappointment and accept God’s will for our lives, we will find we can move forward and do as God directs.

The final lesson we learn is that we have to follow God’s directions as we move forward.  When Samuel first saw Jesse’s son Eliab, he immediately assumed that this would be the new king.  It was not until he heard from God that he realized his mistake.  He had to listen for God’s guidance and God ultimately led him to David as the new king of Israel.  Following our disappointments, we need to spend time getting back in tune with God.

Moving on from disappointment can be a hard thing to do, but it is something we will all need to do in this life.  Fortunately, God provides us with a road map to follow on our journey.  As we read His Word daily, we can learn His tips for moving on, and we can ensure we are following Him.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Creating Our Own Storms


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 11,12; 1 Chronicles 1; 2 Corinthians 11

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 12:12-25

After serving Israel for years as a judge, Samuel made a farewell speech to the Israelites.  In it, Samuel affirmed in the minds of the Israelites that he was trustworthy.  He reminded them of their history and pointed out their wrongs against God.  He also reminded them that it was their idea to appoint a king over Israel against God’s clear instructions.  Once the stage was set, Samuel then said, “‘Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king.’ Then Samuel called upon the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the LORD and of Samuel.” (Vs. 16-18)

To fully understand this passage, it is important to point out a few things about Israel at this time.  This event took place during the wheat harvest, which was near the end of the dry season in Israel during May and June.  During the dry season, rain was a rarity, so having a thunderstorm at this time was considered a miracle.  Unlike most “good” miracles, however, a thunderstorm during this time of the year could have been disastrous for the Israelites.  Any amount of rain during the wheat harvest could damage the crops and cause them to rot.  With this historical information in place, we can now see that this thunderstorm clearly illustrated God’s anger with Israel over asking for a king.  If they had never asked for a king, they would have never had to face that storm.

Sometimes the storms we face in life are created by our own actions.  If we fail to work hard at our jobs, we might find ourselves unemployed.  If we fail to treat our spouse the way we should, we might find ourselves with relationship problems.  Understand that not all of the trials we face are caused by our own actions.  Many times our periods of distress will have nothing to do with what we did and will instead be caused by the evil present in this world.  It is still important to note, however, that when we go against God, He will sometimes send us storms as a way of correcting us.  For this reason, anytime we face a storm it is important that our first step is to search our hearts for any unconfessed sin.  If we discover sin in our lives, our natural reaction as humans might be to try to hide from God.  Samuel offers a much better solution in verse 20 –  “‘Do not be afraid,’ Samuel replied. ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.'”  When we discover that we have created our own storm, we must take that opportunity to press in closer to God instead of turning away from Him.  After all, God is the only one that can save us from the storms, even if we have created them ourselves.  If you have found that you are in the midst of a storm that you have created, find comfort in Samuel’s words in verse 22 when he says, “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.”  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are one of His people.  You are one of His children.  He alone will not reject you.  He alone will calm the storm.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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