A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART
Suggested Reading: 1 Samuel 13
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Key Verses: 1 Samuel 13:13-14
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Understanding and obeying God’s Word is of eternal importance. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall never pass away” (Matthew 24:35). God’s Word is forever! God’s Word has the power to do good, to heal, bring judgement, and to save. The Word is like the laws of nature. King Saul failed to obey what he knew were God’s instructions, and now he must suffer the consequences. God would choose another King who would be careful to obey, both the letter and the spirit of the instructions he received. By believing and doing God’s Word, we, like David who is yet to come onto the scene, will experience the blessing of God. David would keep God’s Word and the result was that he became the father of an eternal dynasty through his descendant, Jesus Christ.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that You’ll help me to wait for You. My natural tendency, like Saul, is to be impatient and to run ahead of You, but Your supernatural grace to do what is right is available to me when I wait upon You. You meet me every morning as I read Your Word and pray. I can always count on Your timing. Thank You for the peace and joy this brings me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Yesterday, I wrote about the made-for-TV mini-series called, “The Bible.” Today, I want to commend the producers for excellent scenes where they did get it right according to the Words of Scripture. The world generally has minimized the supernatural. This series treats the following stories as fact: Creation/The flood/The Angels appearing to Abraham and the destruction of Sodom/The waters of the Red Sea rolled back/The destruction of the walls of Jericho/David and Goliath/Saul’s death at his own hand/David’s sin, repentance, and his successful reign/The destruction of the Temple/The supernatural deliverance from the fiery furnace and the Lions/The restoration to Jerusalem/The conception of Jesus in a virgin, and the birth of Jesus/The deaths of the boy babies in Bethlehem and the escape of the holy family/The miraculous catch of fish, etc. I’m looking forward to this Sunday night on the History Channel for more.
No one has made the claim that this limited budget,10-hour series is on par with, or on the same level as, the Scriptures themselves. It’s filmed in Morocco, not Israel, probably for financial reasons, so the scenery is not accurate.There are areas where every Word of Scripture is not given. Ten times the budget would still not produce total accuracy, given the restrictions of making a movie. But what it is producing is an intense interest in the Bible by millions who have never taken the time to actually read the Bible. The materials available for home groups and churches are designed to bring huge numbers of people into reading the Bible, Word by Word, as we encourage in this blog. Here is a link to the Crossroads e-store where additional materials are described and can be purchased online for delivery to homes and churches (click here).
My New Testament reading for today is Philippians 4:4-9.
Yours for grace to “meditate on these things,” not putting down the efforts of others, but rejoicing in their efforts, as Paul did (Read Philippians 1:15-18),