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1 Samuel 17 – What is challenging your God?

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 17 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

We see the armies of the Isreallites and Philistines come against each other in battle. The Israelites were scared of the Philistines because of their champion named Goliath. Golaith was described was a giant, and he came out daily to taunt the Israelites.

I defy the armies of Israel! Send me a man who will fight with me!” When Saul and the Israeli army heard this, they were dismayed and frightened”. (v10-11 TLB)

The Israelites were afraid and terrified of the challenge from Goliath and this made me think how many times I tremble at the sight of a challenge. The challenge the Israelites were facing wasn’t aimed at them but at the God they claimed to serve. The Israelites once again had forgotten about God. They didn’t think to consult God and ask for His help rather they trembled and lived in constant fear of Goliath.

How many times do we, like the Israelites, tremble at the sight of a challenge or problem? It’s like we completely forget about how big our God is. Do we even remember to pray and ask God for help or do we resign to our fate?

They were so terrified of him that they ran away any time he came close. However, the story of the Israelites was about to change for good as a result of a young boy named David.

He understood who God is and had been on the receiving end of His help in the time past: against lions and bears that came against his fathers sheep. He knew the power of His God and no challenge (no matter how big or small) was going to make him doubt his God’s ability.

How well do we know our God?

Let’s look at David’s response when he heard Goliath bragging…

“.... Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” (v26b NLT)

David was angry and saw Goliath as not just challenging the Israelites but their God. He felt it was an insult to God.

One key thing I want us to notice here is that David’s boldness was not based on His strength, rather it was based on God’s strength and ability. He knew that with God on his side he could deal with Goliath just like the lions and bears in the past. 

Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” (v32‭-‬37 NLT)

David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord ’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (v45‭-‬47 NLT)

His past experience of God gave Him assurance. He knew that if God did it before he can still do it again. 

What experience do you have? Can you recall them to memory and let them boost your faith in God?

David acknowledged the fact that the battle was God’s to fight and that he was just an instrument in God’s hands. 

Today what challenge or situation are you facing that is defying God in your life? I urge you like David did to confront that challenge in the name of God; the commander of the host of heaven and let it know how big your God is. 

Remember with God all things are possible (LK1:37) and all power belongs to Him. 

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening.

1 Samuel 15 – Obedience! Obedience!!

Good Morning y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel
with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 15 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

In this chapter we see Samuel give Saul an instruction from the Lord to destroy ALL the Amalekite’s.

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”(v2-3 NLT)

Nothing was to be spared, yet we see Saul and his men choose to do what pleased them. They chose which part of the instruction to obey. Rather than kill ALL as God instructed they chose to keep the king and any other treasure they find worthy.

Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality”. (v7-9 NLT)

The instruction to Saul was very simple yet he chose to disobey. This really broke God’s heart to the extent that God told Samuel He regretted making Saul King.

Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night”.(v10- 11NLT)

That’s very deep. I’m not sure I read any where else in the bible where God specifically said He regretted a decision He made. That’s how much Saul’s disobedience aggravated God despite the fact that Samuel warned him and Israel (during his coronation) to be loyal and faithful to God; and to obey His commands.

Samuel met with Saul and challenged him regarding his disobedience to the Lord’s command. Saul replied that he obeyed. His rationale for keeping the animals was so he could offer sacrifices to God. Now my question is, did God ask him for the sacrifice? If God needed sacrifices why didn’t he tell him to keep the animals in the 1st place.

“But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”(v22-23)

I wonder how many times we assume we know better than God. Instead of us to obey Him plain and simple, we twist His commands to suit our selfish motives. This action cost Saul not only the throne but to be completely rejected by God. He had no opportunity to repent. God was done with him completely. Obedience is definitely better than sacrifice.

I’m praying for us that the grace of God will not expire in our lives, that the grace to be obedient the Lord will grant unto us.

I’ll leave us with the words of the Psalmist in Psalms 19: 13-14

“Don’t let me do wrong  on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life.Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault. Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord,  because you are my mighty rock and my protector”. (CEV)

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed weekend 🙂