Today we continue in our 28 Day reading challenge with 1 Samuel 11-12. Everyone is really contributing some great thoughts. Continue reading and letting God speak to you through them. Try to find ways of how these texts can apply to your life today.
* I love that fact that the messengers go to find Saul after the threat by King Nahash, they find him plowing the field (vs. 5). This is the king! What is he doing plowing the field? At this point, Saul is still very humble and continues to work hard. Too often in leadership there are people who lose sight of humble service. I believe that leaders should always be willing to do the hard tasks when needed. I also understand that there are times when the king or other leaders will be occupied with other tasks, but this verse really stood out to me. I want to be sure that I always stay humble in my leadership and always stay willing to do the small tasks needed.
* I found it neat that after they won the battle against the Ammonites they reaffirm Saul's kingship (vs. 14). It was almost like a sign of approval. I thought that was interesting.
* Only a couple of things rose to the surface for me as I read this chapter. I found myself smiling because Samuel is basically preaching a sermon. He opens with a review of their history of sin and God's rescue, brings it to their current situation by reminding them of their sin of asking for a king, and then he warns them not to turn away from God any more or them and their king will be destroyed. That is straight up textbook preaching right there lol. I did find it interesting that Samuel continuously brings up their sin of asking for a king after just reaffirming Saul as king in the previous chapter. I kept feeling like I wanted to tell Samuel to get over it.
What stood out to you? What things can you take-away from these passages for your own life?