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1 Samuel 13

Read 1 Samuel 13 – How could things go so poorly in a single chapter?  Saul leads with an immaturity that is staggering.   He summoned the fighting men,  selected 3000 and sent the rest home (13:2).  Why do you suppose he would do this when his next move was to go up against the Philistines?  Saul summoned Israel with the rams horn,  but when they saw the perilous situation,  they hid (13:6).  Then Saul takes matters into his own hands and pulls the blasphemous stunt of sacrificing the burnt offerings… only a priest was qualified to do this (13:19).  Have you ever overstepped and taken matters into your own hands that went beyond your responsibility? What happened? πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ™…β€β™‚οΈπŸ›‘πŸ˜­πŸ›‘πŸ™…β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

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1 Samuel 12

Read 1 Samuel 12 – Reflection can remind us of what is true,  of mistakes we don’t want to repeat, and reflection is a neon sign of God’s hand of protection over us.  Samuel is drawing the Israelites into a moment of reflection,  with a recount of their history as he steps into retirement. The Israelites realize asking for a king was essentially an abandonment of God and they were scared (12:19).  Samuel refocuses them with a piece of wisdom that still stands true:  “DON’T BE AFRAID, ” SAMUEL REASSURED THEM, “YOU HAVE CERTAINLY DONE WRONG, BUT MAKE SURE THAT NOW YOU WORSHIP THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON HIM. ”  Beloved,  whatever mistakes you’ve made,  no matter how many times you’ve veered off course, take hold of this wisdom.  The Lord’s mercies are new every morning.  πŸ˜­πŸ™πŸ»πŸ₯°πŸ‘‘πŸ₯°β˜οΈπŸ˜­

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1 Samuel

Read 1Samuel 11 – Saul’s first call to action. King Nahash of Ammon came against the region of Jabesh. The citizens willing offered a peace treaty, including to be servants of king Nahash. But the king required them to be marked with a gouged out eye as well. When word reached Saul, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him (11:6). He rallied Israel and launched a surprise attack that left only a remnant (11:11). The army was ready for more, but Saul lead like a leader, gave glory to God and assembled Israel in Gilgal for a ceremony before the Lord. Saul is king, and all were filled with joy. God. King. Country. How perfect in reflection of Father’s Day. Men who lead well live surrendered to Jesus, they know when to channel their anger against injustice, and they know when to relent, giving glory to God. How do you face adversity? β˜οΈπŸ€ΊπŸ™‡β€β™€οΈβ€πŸ™‡β€β™‚οΈπŸ€Ίβ˜οΈ