Look Inside

As Samuel journeys to Bethlehem to seek out and anoint the next king, his expectation is that God is directing him to an impressive man–one who is physically fit, muscular, tall and good looking. But Samuel is in for a surprise. When he believes he found the man...

Tough Love

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-35 My heart went out to Samuel and the situation in which he finds himself in 1 Samuel 15. Samuel, now an old man, is still seeking after and following God faithfully and wanting the best for the nation of Israel, but the same...

Holy

Today’s reading: Psalm 99:1-9 Three times in the nine short verses of Psalm 99, we’re told that God is holy (pure, righteous, set apart from any evil). Accompanying this declaration is the command to praise His name (vs. 3), exalt the Lord and worship at...

A Joyful Noise

Today’s reading: Psalm 98:1-9 In Psalm 98, the instruction to sing joyous songs and praises to the Lord is a clear one. But in this particular song, the psalmist also includes an unusual description of nature praising God. In verses 7-8, we’re told...

Lesson in Reverse

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 14:24-52 Saul’s thinking, and the way he interacted with his troops in 1 Samuel 14, definitely provide us with some insight on how to lead people. Unfortunately, that insight is mostly through a negative perspective rather than...