Day 137 – May 17, 2021
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 10-12, Titus 1
Bible Project: Titus
Connecting the text:
Today’s reading has us looking at the character of Samuel, as well as the character of godly leaders in the church. They are to be honest, peaceful, self-controlled people. Samuel served the Lord faithfully all the days of his life. All of Israel attests to it. Leadership in the church is held to a similar standard.
Let’s continue from yesterday’s reading and understanding the deviation from God’s plan that occurs with Israel’s request for a King. Despite their betrayal of God, he will work with a king. Samuel recounts the story of Israel, and redirects them towards faithfulness:
“Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the Lord has set a king over you. If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good! But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.” (1 Samuel 12:13–15)
““Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”” (1 Samuel 12:20–25)
It’s always about the hearts of people. Whether we are leaders or followers. Where the heart of the leader goes, often goes the followers.
It’s why it is so incredibly important that we appoint godly people to lead.
It’s why it is incredibly important that we turn to and trust in the one to lead us who is truly righteous, Jesus our King.
Jesus is our king, let us follow him!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.