Welcome back. We pick up today in 1 Samuel 25-26 in our 28 Day reading challenge. I can't say enough times how much I have enjoyed reading your thoughts. Continue to share what's on your heart and mind because others will gain insight that they otherwise wouldn't have had.
I found the beginning of the chapter to be shocking. Out of nowhere Samuel dies. I don't recall hearing that his health was failing or anything of this nature, but just like that he's gone. Israel mourns for him and his funeral is undoubtedly a celebration of his service and leadership to the nation. I just thought to myself after reading the opening verse: I hope my life is lived as full as Samuel's was. The second thing from the chapter that stood out to me was the peacemaking nature of Abigail. When conflict and trouble were on the horizon she acted to dissolve the situation. We need more Abigail's in our lives, churches, and society.
I'm getting so ticked off at Saul. One minute he's trying to kill David and the next he is kissing David's butt, "Is that you, my son David?" I find myself wanting to see David just kill Saul and give him what he deserves, but David won't do it. David refuses to lay a finger on the LORD'S anointed one. What this raises in me is my own need to enact justice when it may not be my place or God's timing. If I were David, Saul would have been dead back at the cave. I need to be more reliant on God's timing than I am my own.
What stood out to you? What questions did this raise in your own life?