1st Samuel 11-12-13
Saul begins his journey as Israel's King
Despite the fact that Saul ends up being removed from the throne, at first it seems like things are going good for him, but Samuel had reminded the people of Israel that they had picked their own king, rather than be patient and wait on the Lord, and because of that, rather than having Saul as their king for a major period of time, Samuel decided that Saul would not last. He was annointed king at the age of 30, and then lasted for 42 years. Listen to what Samuel says to Saul in 13:13-14...
"You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."
It seems that Saul is a weak leader, politically speaking, and that he also did not know a great deal of battle strategies, because at the end of 13, him and his son Jonathan are the only soldiers with swords, while their soldiers had sharpened tools like axes and hammers.
Taken from Morning May 25th
Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, "Forsake me not, O Lord." "Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe."
This devotional for this day talked about how we should constantly pray "DON'T FORSAKE ME O LORD", we must pray this prayer on a constant basis, and trust that despite how bleek, how hopeless things seem, even in good times, pray that God stands by us, as he always does..
GRACE AND PEACE...
Day 133 will be posted tonight, along with Spurgeons advice and Flashdevo...