• The Faith of Jonathan Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:1–15

    In his faith, courage, and willingness to wait on God, Jonathan compares favorably to Saul. In human terms, it is a tragedy that Saul’s sin prevents Jonathan from coming to Israel’s throne. But Jonathan accepts God’s judgment and later befriends David. May we be as willing to acquiesce to God’s will, even when it seems to “cost” us. View Resource

  • Jonathan Defeats the Philistines Devotional

    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 God’s power, we should not be afraid to pursue it. We are free to step out in faith and attempt great things for the sake of the Lord, knowing that He may bless our initiative. View Resource

  • The Lord Saves Israel Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:16-23

    Saul gives the appearance of “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). He gives more heed to rituals than to the God behind them. Rituals are good so long as they bring us closer to God; otherwise, they are empty. What are some rituals you observe in your Christian life? Are they helping or hindering your growth? View Resource

  • Saul’s Growing Alienation Devotional

    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 search our hearts. Not all trouble is due to our personal sin, but much of it can be. When we know the harm our sin is causing, we can take steps to remedy the situation. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Military Victories and Spiritual Loss Devotional

    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 and obey the Lord, nothing we achieve will have lasting value. Our focus should be on faithfulness to the Lord before any of the other achievements we pursue. This day, let us seek above all else to do the Lord’s will. 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