Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:2-4
Brought out in the post “Equipped for Battle” was that the impatience of Saul resulted in the downfall of his kingdom. Patience can achieve more than our own determined effort. Wait for God, seek Him constantly, be determined to keep His plan, and obey His commands. Rely on the armor of God for safety and follow God’s plan to take on the challenges ahead.
Like the song Keep Making Me by Sidewalk Prophets, the Lord will keep making you ready. When you think you’re finished, get help from the Spirit because with the Spirit, there is no limit. Keep on fighting and hope will keep rising.
To be equipped for battle in life, we need the armor of God as listed in the photo. Today, we ask God to keep making us ready for the challenge as we step ahead. Reading today in 1 Samuel 13, we note that the Philistines were attacked and defeated at Geba but fought back. They organized with soldiers and supplies in response to the point that Saul’s troops began to scatter due to their fear.
Then, we note that Saul became impatient and came up with his own plan. This impatience of Saul resulted in the downfall of his kingdom and thus we get this lesson from today’s passage: Patience can achieve more than our own determined effort. The best choice for Saul would have been to wait for God, seek Him constantly, be determined to keep His plan, and obey His commands. To rely on the armor of God for safety and stick to God’s plan in meeting the challenges ahead.
Because of Saul’s disobedience in following his own plan, God’s favor was not with him and a string of events occurred that put the Israelites in a predicament. The Philistines took the blacksmith away from the people of Israel so they had to travel to Philistine to get their tools sharpened. The blacksmith also charged a high price for their work so the people of Israel could not afford their services. As a result, their spears and swords were not sharpened for the upcoming battle.
This day with You Lord, sharpen our Spiritual Weapons so that we are ready for our challenges. Help us to be patient, keep Your plan, and obey Your commands. We rely on Your armor for safety as we fight the good fight against the enemy. Spur us on to keep stepping ahead with confidence in knowing that victory is assured. Amen.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. –Matthew 6:33
We can expect a great adventure as explained in the post “One Small Step” if we take things to God and allow Him to strengthen us when we are weak; letting Him assist in brightly illuminating our joy so it becomes light along the path.
Be inspired by the song The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman and receive God’s amazing grace. Saddle up because there’s a trail to blaze and a life like no other. A life of adventure and things to explore because that’s what we’re created for.
This day, we are giving God the best part of our day! We are taking in the instructions from His Word and we set out today to apply this Word in all we do. We can get a lot done today because we are starting with one small step and this small step will lead to many steps that will add up so that we will get further than we ever thought we could.
Reading today in 1 Samuel 12, Saul said he had listened to the people because that was what God had told him to do and the people had said they wanted a king to lead them. Saul reminds the people of how the Lord had delivered them from Egypt. Whenever they served the Lord, they were blessed.
As long as they walked in the ways of the Lord, they were given all they needed. The take away for us is to pass on this way of the Lord to the next generation. To pray for those that follow our lead. To keep it simple and get started with the easy part knowing God will step in to finish out the hard part.
The king we serve is our Lord. We can expect a great adventure if we take things to God and allow Him to strengthen us when we are weak; letting Him assist in brightly illuminating our joy so it becomes light along the path.
This day with You Lord, we are making a praise list. You brighten the path along this adventure. You are providing the direction we need and we are taking the opportunity to follow Your directions. It’s an ultimate adventure we are setting out today to seize this day so we can bless others. We will encourage and brighten the day for others and work together to meet the challenges ahead. Amen.