1 Samuel Lessons

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1-31

We just spent the last month reading through and considering the rich book of 1 Samuel. I hope you enjoyed and learned from the up-close and personal look we received of Samuel, Saul and David as much as I did. We definitely saw a picture of three very different men who all provided important lessons for us. Yesterday we looked at Saul, so today let's close out 1 Samuel by looking back and recalling what we learned from Samuel and David.

Identify the most significant lesson that stood out to you from the life example of Samuel. What's one important lesson you took away from David's life (up to this point)? Tami

Final Defeat

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 31:1-13

In this final chapter of 1 Samuel, Saul and his sons are killed in a battle with the Philistines. It's a sad ending for the first king of Israel. Saul's reign started well but then progressively deteriorated as a result of his choice to take his eyes off of God to focus on himself. Although the account of Saul's life is disheartening, his life story provides us with some valuable lessons in a number of areas--leadership, fear, disobedience, pride, and relationships--to name a few.

Take a few minutes to think back over the life example of Saul. What was the most important lesson God impressed on your heart from Saul's example, and why? Tami

Faithful God

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Today's reading: Psalm 106:1-48

God is good and His "steadfast love endures forever!" is the opening proclamation of Psalm 106. The psalmist then shows us the truth of this declaration in the remaining verses of his song by looking back at the Israelites' journey. Despite being God's chosen people for whom God had performed wondrous miracles and works, the Israelites were repeatedly unfaithful to God. Yet God didn't turn away or abandon them, even in His anger. These words in verses 43-45 spoke volumes to me:

"Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity. Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love." (Psalm 106:43-45)

What does Psalm 106 reveal about God as our Father and His love for us? How has God shown himself faithful to you and your family, even in times when you've turned away or been disobedient? Tami

History Lesson

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Today's reading: Psalm 105:1-45

Psalm 105 gives us a condensed, mini history lesson of the nation of Israel from Abraham through Moses. What a storyline it is! As I progressed through the timeline, my thoughts were drawn to God's extraordinary plan and provision. I was reminded, once again, of how so often God's ways are beyond our human way of thinking.

What does this Psalm reveal about God's ways? What does it reveal about His character and faithfulness? What comfort do you draw from this look back at God's plan and His provision? Tami

Generous

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 30:16-31, Proverbs 11:24-25, Psalm 112:5

David and his men overtake and defeat the Amalekites, rescuing all captives and recovering all lost property, plus additional flocks and herds. The people are ecstatic and openly proclaim, "This is David's spoil" (vs. 20). But David doesn't see it that way. He recognizes that everything they recovered and received was given by God. So when the men who fought with him respond selfishly by wanting to penalize the men who had remained behind, David will have none of it. He declares that the entire spoil is to be shared among those who kept watch and those who went with him to fight. David demonstrates God's love to the people by his care for them and his generousity with what God had given.

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered" (Proverbs 11:24-25).

"It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice" (Psalm 112:5).

What has the Lord given you? On a scale of 1-10, how generous would you say you are toward others with your possessions and money? Why is having a generous heart and mindset important? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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