This day will be amazing because the more we work at being obedient and take in God’s light, the more we are lined up with the way of God. Our faith flourishes so let us continue being obedient, having fun, and take satisfaction in finishing up each of our studies as today we finish up the book of 1 Samuel with the passage 1 Samuel 31.
The Philistines began to win the battle with Israel. They pursued Saul and his sons. Killing Saul’s sons, they then were after Saul but before they could kill him, Saul took his own life by falling on his sword. The Israelite army then fled along with the people who abandoned their towns. The Philistines then came in and occupied them.
The Philistines proclaimed victory sending messengers throughout the land with news in the temple of their idols and among their people. They put Saul’s armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan (v. 9-10).
Proclaiming conquest because of worship of idols is futile but announcing to others that the ONE true God brings victory results in constant joy. Idols and the things of this world are short term and unpredictable; therefore let us pray that God will give us obedience to Him today and throughout our journey as He dominates over the obstacles in our way.
Each of us has the potential to do amazing things for God’s glory if we let the Holy Spirit enhance our individual strengths by knowing His word, praying daily, and applying His principles. Let us step ahead today by being in sync with God’s way. Let us look at daily practices like the use of time, using our resources wisely, or other practices that can be tweaked for God’s glory.
This day with You Lord, help us to follow You by being obedient to the Truth. We may fall short at times but we know where to go for spiritual nourishment. The enemy is trying to keep us down but You keep us moving forward each day. Good routines like reading, studying, and obeying Your word will lead us along the path to eternal joy. Amen.