Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday, April 19: 1 Samuel 30, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 1 Samuel 31, 1 Chronicles 10:1-14 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Samuel 301 Chronicles 12:20-221 Samuel 311 Chronicles 10:1-14

In the reading today we see the stark contrast in the hearts of 2 Old Testament kings.

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons & daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 
1 Samuel 30:6

Not only was David fearing for his life at the hands of his faithful “followers,” but he had also lost his 2 wives in the raid. In the face of tragedy, uncertainty & fear, David looked to God.

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord & even consulted a medium for guidance, & did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death & turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.  1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Saul did things his own way. When he did look to God, it was only as a last resort. 

Two different kings & 2 different hearts.  Neither of them were perfect, in fact far from.  But we know David to be called “a man after God’s own heart” & Saul “died because he was unfaithful to the Lord.”

We know that we all “have sinned & fall short of the glory of God” Rom 3:23.  God knows this too, however, he is looking at our hearts.  Are we truly seeking him?  Do we find our strength in him or is he our last resort?  Do we humbly return to him after we fall?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  2 Samuel 1:1-3:52 Samuel 23:8-17, 1 Chronicles 11:10-192 Samuel 23:18-391 Chronicles 11:20-47


Conrad said...

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. - 1 Chronicles 10:13

Saul lost faith in God and attempted to do things his way. This obviously didn't turn out well for him. This story is a good reminder that keeping the faith is something we need to work at daily.

Nathan Reimer said...

Good point and a good reminder to turn to God first, and not as a last resort

TammyIsBlessed said...

How we live affects both our life here and in eternity.