• 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

  • David’s Ministry to Saul

    1 Samuel 16:14–23

    Many people do not like the idea that God is in control even of evil and that He is involved even in the bad things that happen to us—even though the Lord never does evil Himself. Yet God’s sovereignty over ...Read More

  • Violent Words

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  • 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

  • The Importance of Obedience

    1 Samuel 15:10–35

    Going through the motions—even if they are the right motions—is insufficient to fully please the Lord. He does not want our sacrifices if we do not intend to obey Him in other matters. It is vital that we strive to ...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

  • God Rejects Saul’s Kingdom

    1 Samuel 13

    God is most gracious, but we should never think that disobeying His explicit commands will be without consequence. Saul disobeyed the Lord and lost the opportunity to have a lasting dynasty of sons to reign over Israel. If we are ...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