There can be many discouraging things that happen in life. Maybe even today you have received some news, or are facing something that is disheartening.
As a freshman at Heartland Baptist Bible College, I remember having a hard time adjusting. Coming from a church where I did almost every ministry, to such a large church where I was only helping in a Jr. Church once a month was hard. I also was still wrestling with dysentery from my recent trip to Africa. On top of that, I was confused and floundering in my budding relationship with my future bride. Needless to say, my first month at Heartland was rough. I distinctly remember feeling disheartened, and feeling I only had the Lord to lean on.
One of the easiest things to talk about and hardest to do is to ‘let go, and let God’. The ability to relinquish control and let God take the reigns can be one of the most terrifying events of your life. Yet, you will find that God never, EVER drops the reigns and He has much more capable hands than we could ever dream of having.
“Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
Are you bitter? Yeah, you? Is there someone who hurt you or did you wrong, and you have found it hard to forgive and forget what they did? Maybe you have tried, but it seems like you cannot let go because they hurt you so bad.
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.