Samuel was a fantastic leader in the name of The Lord. He painted an excellent picture that is featured in 1 Samuel 12:20-25. There is so much wonderful insight and wisdom that is written in these particular scriptures that I felt would be the best focus for the article today. So this particular blog post is going to be one of impromptu Biblical observations.
Let me start off by saying that this particular set of scripture in The Bible delivers us basic instruction and guidance of how we can live our lives honoring God. Samuel reminds us to have no fear in life and that God walks aside us with every step we take.
Unfortunately, there are so many times where no matter how many times we as Christians hear this, we still fall into the traps of focusing more on our trials than turning our attention to God having it all.
Through 1 Samuel 12 we are also reminded by Samuel that God was and will always be proud of creating us as His own. So many times we choose to feel unworthy enough to be created by God. We turn to our own insecurities and create them to be reason for God to not love us or want to have anything to do with us.
When we do this we choose to stay away from church, our friends who have faith, and instead isolate our lives to people and situations that we feel are going to hide us from God.
When we turn our focus and full attention away from God, the things we begin to focus on in our life become an idol, or as Samuel describes it- a statue. I believe that this description of it is perfect because when you think about it, the things in our lives such as addictions, finances, family, work, hobbies, celebrities; anything that we turn our focus to simply just stays in one place.
It doesn’t necessarily move in our lives nor does it grow with us, as we would like to think, those things that take our focus stays where it’s at in life and becomes a distraction. We are the ones that have to maneuver around it in order to get past it to focus on God and those issues in our lives simply just stand still.
Through these scriptures we are also taught to serve God whole-heartedly. Whether it is in church or in what we do with our lives, serving God with our hearts invested is the best way to honor God through it. Especially in a church setting, often times members get worn down and forget why they are serving at times. Instead of becoming a service, many start to think of it as just a job that they do on the weekends with no pay.
Of course this isn’t speaking for everyone who serves in a church, but it is very common to find.When it starts to not be in our hearts, that is when we need to step back and meditate sometime in prayer to figure out why it is no longer in our hearts and what God wants from us at that time.
I myself particularly love the part where Samuel talks about not praying for the people because if he chose to do that, he would sin against God. This particular scripture makes me wonder how many of us in our own walk in faith choose who we pray for and who we pardon on the other side of each prayer. When crimes happen do we pray for the criminal or just the victim involved.
When a natural disaster happens do we pray for the survivors or do we pray the souls who’s lives past that they are to go to Heaven and not hell? I think a lot of times, Christians take prayer life into their own hands and choose who and what they pray for and often times leave the other side out. I don’t think it’s ever been presented in this fashion to me before and I take accountability in that.
When we choose whom to pray or not pray for, we are allowing judgment to occur and are deciding on our own who is worthy of compassion. Taking on judgment in our own right is not okay and is a humane habit that needs to stop.
The golden words within 1 Samuel 12:20-25 is magnificent and I encourage you to get out your Bibles today and study them, you never know what you will take away from it and I would love to hear your insights.