• The Threat of Goliath

    1 Samuel 17:1–37

    Like Goliath, many of God’s enemies will cry out against Him and taunt His people, believing that the Lord cannot win the victory. However, the Lord God Almighty can deliver us from our enemies, and He will do this ultimately ...Read More

  • The Anointing of David

    1 Samuel 16:1–13

    We cannot judge the hearts of others perfectly. Yet, we can try to evaluate people not merely by externals but by their character. A heart devoted to the Lord will reveal itself through acts of selfless love for others. It ...Read More

  • Military Victories and Spiritual Loss

    1 Samuel 14:47–15:9

    Jesus uttered this sober warning: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). Achieving much in this life is not a bad thing, but if we are not concerned to love ...Read More

  • Saul’s Growing Alienation

    1 Samuel 14:24–46

    It is much easier to blame others for our troubles than to search our hearts and discover whether we, due to our sin, are responsible. When we find ourselves in difficult situations, we should take stock of our circumstances and ...Read More

  • Jonathan Defeats the Philistines

    1 Samuel 14:1–23

    Matthew Henry comments that “an active faith will venture far in God’s cause upon an it may be.” We might be uncertain about the future, but if what we are pursuing is a good thing and we are confident in ...Read More

  • Hope for Israel

    1 Samuel 12

    Matthew Henry comments that “we mistake if we think that we can evade God’s justice by shaking off his dominion. If God shall not rule us, yet he will judge us.” The ancient Israelites could not escape God’s rule by ...Read More

  • A King in Hiding

    1 Samuel 10:17–27

    It is not uncommon for people to experience fear with respect to the calling they have been given or a sense of unworthiness for that calling. However, such feelings become sin when they keep us from serving as the Lord ...Read More

  • The Anointing of Saul

    1 Samuel 10:1–16

    Pastors, elders, and other church leaders are not kings like Saul. However, their authority is similarly limited by what God has revealed. Church leaders may not go beyond what God has spoken, and church leaders who try to impose unbiblical ...Read More

  • Fighting for the Prize

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  • Samuel Meets Saul

    1 Samuel 9:3–27

    Life brings with it many disappointments and changes of plans, and we can find it hard to see that God is working in all of it. However, we must remember that the Lord is working out His good plans for ...Read More