• Unworthy at the Table Devotional

    2 Samuel 9

    God truly loves His people, but there is nothing in us that makes us worthy of such love. He saves us on account of His promises to Christ and His love for Him. What a marvelous blessing! Because He loves us in Christ, we are assured that God will love us forever, never allowing anyone, even ourselves, to take us from His mighty hand. Let us be grateful that redemption, which we do not deserve, is ours truly in Christ. View Resource

  • David Hood Devotional

    1 Samuel 22

    Christian theologians have always recognized that sins of omission, the failure to do what we know is right, incur the judgment of God (James 4:17). Our negligence and failure to think things through can cause many problems for other people and thus put us under the Lord’s hand of discipline. When we make plans, we should therefore make sure we have considered the ramifications of our actions. View Resource

  • David and Goliath Devotional

    1 Samuel 17

    In this world of causes great and small, it can be tempting to jump on every bandwagon that comes along. We are not, however, called to megalomania, nor are we called to be equally zealous for all campaigns that present themselves to us. Yet we should never see it as an option to not join the cause of Christ. When He calls we must answer, for He is our captain, and we are His faithful soldiers. View Resource

  • God Chooses Israel’s King Devotional

    1 Samuel 16:1–13

    Men and women after God’s own heart are sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit and strive not to quench Him as He convicts us of sin and guides us in righteousness. One of the best ways to be sensitive to the Spirit is to study His inspired Word that we might hear Him when He calls. We can also pray and join a church where members and elders alike will encourage us in holiness and even rebuke us for sin, if that becomes necessary. View Resource

  • As God Had Commanded Devotional

    Genesis 7:6–10

    The commendations of Noah’s righteousness are intended to illustrate the benefits of holiness and motivate our obedience. Those who seek to follow all that the Lord commands can rightly expect a blessing, even if the fullness of this blessing will not be realized until the new heavens and the new earth. Are you following Christ with the expectation of a reward? Remember today that while your faithfulness cannot justify you, God does honor those who serve Him. View Resource

  • The Abandoned King Devotional

    1 Samuel 15:30-35

    Samuel mourned for Saul but withdrew from him. Jesus lamented for Jerusalem but left it (Matt. 23:37–39). Likewise, there may be times when, as a last resort, it is best to disassociate from people over whose hardness of heart we weep. God can use such a hard measure to soften a hard heart and produce real repentance. View Resource

  • The Good and the Better Devotional

    1 Samuel 15:17-23

    It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burnt upon the altar than to bring every high thought into obedience to God,” Henry writes. Take care lest the good but more-ritualistic aspects of the Christian life—church attendance, Bible reading, tithing—keep you from pursuing obedience in every area of your walk with God. View Resource

  • The Grief of God Devotional

    1 Samuel 15:10-16

    Many today believe, as Saul seems to have thought, that what one does is not as important as the sincerity behind the action. But God wants us to have right motives and right actions. True good deeds are motivated by love for Him and conform to His directions. Pray that your motives and deeds will please Him, not grieve Him. View Resource

  • Vengeance on Amalek Devotional

    1 Samuel 15:1-9

    God is indeed patient and longsuffering. And yet, each day His patience comes to an end for many who rebel against Him. Their lives end and they are lost. We are called to tell unbelievers that they are trying the patience of the sovereign God, and that He commands them to repent (Acts 17:30). Whom do you need to speak with today? View Resource

  • Saul’s Successes Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:47–52

    God does not judge success in the same way as the world. Those He deems faithful may attract no notice at all from other people. Our goal, therefore, ought to be His approval, not man’s. Do you long to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”? Make it your highest goal to please Him, through the power His Spirit provides. View Resource

  • Exposing the Sin Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:36–46

    The Bible clearly calls believers to honor and submit to their leaders. But there may be times when those leaders are prepared to take such ungodly measures that they must be opposed. We need great wisdom to discern when such times are upon us. Pray for such wisdom, and for the courage to stand in opposition if necessary. View Resource

  • The Sin of the Famished Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:31-35

    No man can see all the repercussions that will ripple outward from a decision. Only God can see the end from the beginning. But leaders ought to give thought to the possible consequences of their actions. Pray that God will bless His church with leaders who have wise judgment and who make decisions only after bathing them in prayer. View Resource

  • Saul “Troubles the Land” Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:24-30

    Saul was something of a Pharisee—he required more from his men than God did. We, of course, are prone to the same sort of behavior, dreaming up guidelines for ourselves and others that God never lays upon us. Beware of commands that have no basis in God’s Word. And strive not to bind others’ consciences beyond Scripture. View Resource