One of the greatest blessings of God is friendship. Proverbs 17:17 says, “a friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” I use to have this verse plastered on my wall, and pictures of my friends surrounding it. It was a great reminder to pray everyday for the friends that God had given me.
The little things can make or break you. Life is comprised of a hundred seemingly insignificant decisions. Each of these minute decision string together to create our life and form our testimony and character. Too often people are looking for the big decisions and major events to shape their lives.
I want patience and I want it now. Fulton J. Sheen said, “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing”. It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”
In this text, we have the children of Israel transitioning from a nation led by God to a nation under the leadership of a king. At this point Samuel is old, and his children are not serving the Lord. The people have rejected God’s design, and desired a king. God provides them exactly what they want.
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Sometimes the worst thing we can get is exactly what we want. If I got everything my heart has ever desired, I would probably not be better for it, and neither would you.
Nepotism can be a dangerous practice. When families allow misbehavior to go on without being challenged simple because the person is a relative. The favoritism and partiality toward family and friends can often allow gross oversight of heinous sinfulness that otherwise would not be tolerated.
1 Samuel is the ninth book of the Bible, and continues from where the book of Judges left off. The book actually is named after the final judge, the prophet Samuel. Serving as a bridge between the time of the judges and the kings, Samuel is a key figure and his book(s) key books.
What is the greatest gift you have ever received? I don’t know as though I could point to one gift and say, “that’s it”, but I have received some awesome gifts in my life. I don’t believe any gift will top the excitement the go-cart gave my brother and I when we were younger.
Ruth is the eighth book of the Bible, and follows the events of a single family during the time of the Judges. Ruth has been called a book of disloyalty, loyalty, and royalty. The key character of this book of course is Ruth.
No Christian sets out to be away from the Lord, backslidden, and in sin. Yet, many find themselves in a place far from where God wants them to be. Ensnared in sin, many Christians wonder how they wound up in such a mess. Maybe you are in such a spot. Today you find yourself spiritually bankrupt, and feeling like the prodigal son in the pig pen.
How do Christians end up in sinfulness, away from the Lord? James 1:13-15 gives us some insight. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”