Today is Day 22 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
If you’ve ever heard someone say that the Bible is boring, I’d be willing to bet that they’ve never read 1 Samuel. What an epic book! By the end of it, I felt like I was watching an action movie – I couldn’t stop. I kept waiting for Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington’s names to pop up.
A major theme that flows throughout the book is the theme of God blessing His people’s faithfulness. It begins with Hannah, a broken-hearted woman, who desperately wants to have children, but is unable. She cries out to God and He hears and answers!
She dedicates her son, Samuel, to the Lord, and he is raised at the Temple, by Eli, the High Priest. He will be the guy that God uses to transition Israel into a monarchy. Before that happens, though, he calls the nation of Israel to repent and turn back to the Lord.
As we watch God bless Hannah & Samuel’s faithfulness, we see the contrast of Saul, Israel’s first king. He started off well, but quickly took a nose dive. His selfish ambition got the best of him, and within just a few chapters, he’s already being ousted as king – God has a new guy in mind – a man after His own heart.
But the guy God has in mind isn’t the guy that everyone else would naturally choose. He’s the runt of the litter, out babysitting the sheep by himself. God saw what man didn’t see, though, and David is soon summoned from the fields and anointed king!
No sooner does he receive the anointing than we see him as a pizza delivery boy (well, bread and cheese anyway) rolling in on an epic battle. He defeats a giant, cuts off his head, and calls it a day.
As God blesses David’s faithfulness, David continues to rise to power and fame, but Saul continues in his downward spiral. It’s not pretty. He even has dart practice at David’s expense.
Throughout it all, we see David faithfully following the Lord and trusting His timing. He’s a great reminder to us to stand strong and trust that when God makes a promise, He WILL follow through (even if it’s quite a few chapters away)!
The sequel to 1 Samuel is up next: 2 Samuel!