Following God

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-27 Today we get our first glimpse of Saul, a handsome and tall young man whom God is about to anoint as the first king of Israel. But what captured my attention in this chapter wasn’t Saul–it was Samuel. I was struck by...

Wishful Thinking

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 8:1-22 “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.” There’s a lot of wisdom and truth in this well-known statement, and it certainly describes the scenario taking place in 1 Samuel 8. After years of...

The Lord Only

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 7:1-17 As Samuel becomes the judge over Israel, the people are in a poor state–spiritually speaking. Although they are God’s chosen people, they aren’t devoted to God and they certainly aren’t wholly following or...

Unseeing

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 6:1-21 In 1 Samuel 6, we again get a look at the Philistines’ thinking with regard to the ark of the covenant, along with how they handle its return to the Israelites. The Philistines were clearly knowledgeable about God’s...

Bust Those Ruts

Today’s reading: Psalm 96:1-13 The very first verse of Psalm 96 urges us to sing a “new” song to the Lord. What a great reminder that our relationship with God is active and growing, and that not only do we have the freedom to be creative and...