Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday, October 24th: 1 Samuel 30-31, 1 Timothy 4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Timothy 4

When the Amalekites attack Ziklag and take David's and his men's wives and children, they are all understandably distraught. I love v6....

1 Samuel 30:6 But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Where do we turn to when our lives have fallen apart?  Where do we find strength when everything has gone wrong?  We must remember, as David did, that our hope and strength is always only in the Lord.

And then, before rushing heedlessly or recklessly into battle to rescue their loved ones, David stops and asks God for will in the situation.  Oh, how we need to learn this lesson!  How often do we presume to know the best course of action to take without even bothering to consult God about it?  How often do we rush headlong into situations, based purely off of emotion?  It is always wise to pray first and then act accordingly.

In our Timothy passage Paul encourages both the learning of doctrine as well as the pursuit of godliness.  We cannot only fill our minds with biblical knowledge, we must also live it out.  But we cannot live out what we do not know.  We cannot have one without the other, we must pursue knowledge of God out of love for Him and then obey Him as we strive to live like Him.  We do this not in order to be saved, as that comes through grace alone, but in order to prove our faith and love of God to be genuine.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Samuel 1-2; 1 Timothy 5


Nathan Reimer said...

Even though David was young, he shows a lot of wisdom in the decisions to pray to God first before going after those who took his family.

Conrad said...

In our NT reading, verse 8 stood out to me:

"for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

A good reminder to train ourselves to be godly. Not just for this life which is what the world plans for, but for our life in eternity.

Grade 1 said...

1 Timothy 4:12 is one that I often use as a theme for my Grade 1 chapel. "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." Even 6 year olds can be an example in their homes, on the playground, and with their friends.