A Man After God's Heart
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 13
Key Verses: 1 Samuel 13:13-14
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Understanding and obeying God’s Word is of eternal importance. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall never pass away” (Matt. 24:35). God’s Word has the power to do good, to heal, bring judgment and to save. The Word is like the laws of nature. King Saul failed to obey God’s instructions, and he suffered the consequences. God would choose another King who would be careful to obey, both the letter and the spirit of the instructions he received. By believing and doing God’s Word, we, like David, will experience the blessing of God. David would keep God’s Word and the result was that he became the father of an eternal dynasty through his descendant, Jesus Christ.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that You’ll help me to wait for You. My natural tendency, like Saul, is to be impatient and to run ahead of You, but Your supernatural grace to do what is right is available to me when I wait upon You. You meet me every morning as I read Your Word and pray. I can count on Your timing. Thank You for the peace and joy this brings me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I commend the producers of “The Bible” for getting so much right. The TV series does not minimize the supernatural, but treats the following stories as fact: Creation, The flood, The Angels appearing to Abraham and the destruction of Sodom, the waters of the Red Sea rolled back, the destruction of the walls of Jericho, David and Goliath, he supernatural deliverance from the fiery furnace and the Lions Den, the conception of Jesus in a virgin, and the birth of Jesus and so on. No one claims that this 10-hour series is on par with Scriptures. But the result is an intense interest in the Bible by millions who have never taken the time to actually read the Bible. The materials available for home groups and churches will help to nurture new believers.