Old Testament readers…
- As you completed I Samuel this week, what character qualities have you noticed in David? One thing that stood out to me was how often he consulted God about his plans, but I’m anxious to hear what stands out to you—so much we can learn from David’s life!
- In contrast, what have you noticed about Saul’s character? Much as I want to paint Saul as “the bad guy,” the person I would never be like, his regret over seeking to please people rather than God (I Sam. 15) is more than a little convicting.
- What an encourager Jonathan is! No wonder David treasured him as a friend. In I Sam. 23, how does Jonathan encourage David? How is this similar to or different from the ways we typically provide encouragement for others?
New Testament readers…
My pastor has provided more challenging teaching on the Luke passages we have been reading! A few points I’ve been reflecting on from a recent message…
- We are the most gospel-saturated culture in history, which speaks to our responsibility.
- The problem of selfish ambition is much uglier than we realize.
- As believers, we should be the most (selflessly) ambitious people on earth because we know what awaits!
A few more things to ponder from Luke…
- In Luke 21:34, Jesus warns that our hearts can become dulled. What causes a dulling of our heart? What does a dulled heart look like in day-to-day life?
- In Luke 22:32, Jesus pleads in prayer for Peter’s faith not to fail. In I Samuel 15, we see Samuel so deeply moved that he cries out to the Lord all night. How do these examples compare to our own prayer lives?
Continued prayer for each of you, dear readers. In Jen Wilkin’s book, Women of the Word, she compares regular Bible reading to making deposits. In contrast, we sometimes approach Bible reading as if we are making a withdrawal. When we come to our daily reading looking for the “ahah” that will inspire us for the day and then don’t find it, we can become discouraged. If you are reading and not sensing any “ahahs,” do not despair! You are making important deposits! I am certain that God will bless by bringing to your mind just what you need when you need it.