May 3

May 3

Saul Obeys God — Saul’s coronation, Samuel’s prayer, & praying for the government.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: 1 Samuel 11

Reading 2: 1 Samuel 12

Reading 3: 1 Timothy 2:1-2

After some dissent at his anointing, Saul mobilizes the whole nation through the fear of consequences if they don’t follow him, and they defeat the enemy. After the victory, some want to kill those who opposed Saul, but he denies them permission. Then the nation crowns Saul as their King.

This enables Samuel to step back and let Saul lead the nation, but not before Samuel warns Israel again about the consequences of the choice they have made; to reject God and demand a king.

Looking forward there is a constant choice before them: serve God faithfully, or sin and be destroyed.

The choice for us is easier – following Jesus does not depend on our own righteousness, but on His sacrifice for us. So today we can be sure that His blessing is ours if we trust Him.

Have a great day!

Mark.