Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 12 today.
I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂
Samuel reminds the Israelites of all that God has done for them. In his account of Israel’s history, we can see a trend that Israel had a habit of turning away from God once things got rosy and when trouble comes they come back begging, and God always answered them by sending a deliverer.
“Then they cried to the Lord again and confessed, ‘We have sinned by turning away from the Lord and worshiping the images of Baal and Ashtoreth. But we will worship you and you alone if you will rescue us from our enemies.’ Then the Lord sent Gideon, Bedan,Jephthah, and Samuel to save you, and you lived in safety. “But when you were afraid of Nahash, the king of Ammon, you came to me and said that you wanted a king to reign over you, even though the Lord your God was already your king”.(v11-13 NLT)
How often do we tun our backs from God when things are good and only run to Him when in trouble? Our lives should not be like that…God desires us to be totally committed to Him both in the good and bad times.
Israel had God as their King but when Nahash started threatening them, they somehow forgot about all the times God had rescued them. Instead of them to cry out to God for help like they did in the time past, they decided to request for an earthly King. Perhaps they assumed the earthly king could deliver them from Nahash. Where was their trust in God?
Are we quick to forget all that God has done for us? Do we run to man for help at the first sign of trouble or do we turn to God? God is our ultimate source of help. Man’s help is vain and limited. Psalms 46:1 says
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble”. (Psalms 46:1 NLT)
Even though Saul did conquer Nahash in chapter 11, he did it with the help of God. We can’t rule God out. We need His help. Scripture tells us that vain is the help of man…
As I read through the chapter the Israelites response on verse 19 amazed me. They said to Samuel, “… please pray to your God…” That makes me believe these people didn’t have a relationship with God. They didn’t see God as their God rather they saw Him as Samuel’s God only.
Do we see God as our God or someone else’s God? We now have free access to God. That’s what Jesus came to do. We no longer need a go between. Jesus is our HIGH Priest. He is forever interceeeding on our behalf. He understandsand knows our frailty. Hebrews 4:16 says : “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)
Samuel urged them to follow God only and leave their false gods, who are useless and couldn’t do anything for them.
“Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people.(1 Samuel 12:20-22 NLT)
I pray we will listen and heed to Samuel’s advice to the Israelites in the verses above; that we will serve God wholeheartedly and learn to trust in HIM alone.
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.
Have a blessed evening