We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. The below Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.
1 Samuel 11 – How does Israel’s response to the crisis show that they have rejected God? Have you seen God use your mistakes and sins in his plan for good? To whom do the Israelites attribute victory? To whom does Saul attribute deliverance?
1 Samuel 12 – Why does Samuel listen to the people (See 8:7-9 and v. 22)? What may the people and their king expect if they serve the Lord? For whom should you pray regularly, specifically, and earnestly? What are some things that you can praise the Lord for in your life?
1 Samuel 13 – How do the Philistines react to the Geba defeat? What is the result of Saul’s impatience? What disadvantage do the Israelites have?
1 Samuel 14 – What verses show Jonathan’s confidence that the Lord will determine the day’s outcome? What are the effects of Jonathan’s confidence? How have you seen God influence many because of the confidence placed in his power by a few people?
1 Samuel 15 – What instructions does the Lord give Saul for attacking Amalek? Is partial obedience acceptable to God? Do you ever justify partial obedience to God? Why does God reject Saul as king?
1 Samuel 16 – Does the Lord answer Samuel’s question and objection? What instructions does the Lord give Samuel? How is verse 7 important in your attitude? What assurance do these chapters give that God will prepare you?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments.
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Great set of questions. They have me thinking and praying.
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