Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Thirty Days--Day Three and Day Four

As part of a small Bible study I host, we've challenged ourselves to take thirty days and spend intentional time in the Word and in conversation with God.  Each of us came up with a specific plan to make a DATE (Determine A Time Every day) with Jesus.  My plan is to wake up early, spend time with Jesus, and blog each day about what I've learned or what I've heard from God.  These will be pretty nitty gritty posts, not polished, no graphics, just me, writing what God puts in my heart.  This will push me and stretch me and hopefully grow me closer to who God wants me to be.

Life has intervened in my blogging plans, so I am a couple days behind here.  I have, however, been spending time in the Word and talking with God.  I just haven't had a chance to get it blogged.  I will be doubling up blogging until I get caught up.  

Day Three

1 Samuel 10:14-16

Saul had finished prophesying with the group of prophets and went to the high place, just as Samuel directed.  Saul's uncle came to them and wanted to know where they had been. When Saul mentioned that he'd met with Samuel, his uncle wanted to know what the priest had told Saul.

Was his uncle curious?  Did he know about the prophesying?  Was he a devout Israelite?  Was he being nosy?  What were his motives for asking?  Was he worried?  What was the relationship between Saul and his uncle?  Were they close?  What was the emotional and political climate as Israel waited for Samuel to anoint a king?  What did Saul's uncle think Samuel could have said?  There aren't many clues in the scriptures, but it makes me wonder.

Saul only told him of the message that the donkeys were safe.  He left out mention of the kingship.  Why?  Was he ashamed?  Afraid? Embarrassed?  Did he not believe Samuel?  Was he concerned that his uncle might threaten his safety or be jealous?  Why would he not share this news?  Again, there aren't really clues in the scriptures, but it makes me wonder.

When we receive messages from God, are we to share or should we keep it to ourselves?  Where is the line there?  Does it depend on the message.  Is God speaking to me for my own personal growth?  Or is He speaking to me to reach others?  Is there a difference in how we respond?

I don't know that I have any answers to these questions.  Is there ever a right time to keep God's messages to ourselves?  Or should His words always be shared?

Lord, give me discernment and guidance about when, where, and how to share Your word with the world around me!  Let it always be about You and never about me.  Amen.


Day Four

1 Samuel 10:17-26

Samuel called together all of Israel in order to appoint a new king over them.  He gave them God's message:
I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.

He reminded the people of God's power and grace, how He had delivered them time and time again, yet they still demanded an earthly king.  Samuel was there in order to give the people what they wanted.  They chose their king.  Except when the time came to name Saul, he was nowhere to be found.  He was hiding with the bags.

Wait, so Saul is chosen as king over Israel, and he's hiding from it?  Didn't Adam and Eve try to hide from God once upon a time?  That didn't work for Adam and Eve, and it didn't work for Saul.

God has a specific plan for each of us.  When He reveals that to us, we can choose to accept that and live up to the calling, or we can try to hide from it.  Living a life of faith and freedom means walking into God's plan for our lives with hearts and minds wide open.  We can try to hide among the baggage, but God sees us even then.  And His plans for us are unchanging.

Lord, please give me courage and strength to step into the plans You have for my life.  Help me to always stand strong and to be bold.  Let me never hide from Your dreams for me.  Amen.

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