Today’s Thought: Book 9; I Samuel…

Book 9 -1 Samuel

Thomas Carlyle famously said: “The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” Many people dislike history, considering it nothing but cold facts, impersonal dates, and lists of events. But the lives of the those who shaped history give us some of the richest stories in the world.

God used the biographical method in giving us the story of the Old Testament history, and 1 Samuel is a prime example. It tells Israels story through the lives of three leaders: Samuel, Saul, and David. Each life is a lesson for the rest of us, and the themes of 1 Samuel are for Christians in every station of life.

The first part of the book is devoted to the story of Samuel, the boy who said, “Speak for Your servant hears, “(1 Samuel 3:10) and the man who became the last of the judges of Israel. The middle part of he book is about Saul, Israel’s first king, who started with great promise and ended up with tragic sorrow. The last part of the book centers on David, the youngest son in a shepherding family who became a man after God’s own heart.

As we read this book, it’s helpful to remember we’re all biographers. Each of us is writing the record of our own lives, and one day soon the story will be complete. Popularity and image will fade away; but those after God’s own heart will lave a legacy of leadership hat will endure until the Lord returns.

KEY THOUGHT:

The stories of Samuel, Saul and David remind us that popularity and image will fade away; but those after God’s own hart will leave a legacy of leadership.

KEY VERSE:

Ha s the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice, and is obeying the voice of the LORD? Bhold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”

KEY ACTION:

Don’t judge by first impressions, for God doesn’t look at people as we do; we look at the external appearance, but God looks at the heart (see 1 Samuel 16:7).

KEY PRAYER:

Lord, as I face giants in my lie, remind me that You do not save by sword; for the battle is Yours.

From: Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible; by David Jeremiah

Please check your KJV for exact bible cites.

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