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…and so I do (Day 14)

I am so far behind in the #lampandlight 31 Day Challenge that I am tempted to quit…

…until I read in 1 Samuel 14 about Jonathan’s determination to fight for the Lord in the face of his father’s hesitant desire stay pulled back from the Philistines.

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“…for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” (vs7) pulls at me to stay the course with my reading, even if I *am* behind.

He whispers to me, calling me to be like a courageous Jonathan instead of a worried Saul.

…and so I do.

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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control issues (Day 13)

1 Samuel 13

The warning was given in chapter 12…the warning that even the King must obey the commands of the Lord…and Saul just. didn’t. listen.

When it came time to offer a sacrifice to the Lord, Saul took control and sentenced himself (and his son) to death.

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He thought he had good reasons – Samuel was taking too long, the people were discouraged and leaving, the battle was waiting for them – all perfectly acceptable reasons to take control of the situation.

Or…at least…Saul thought so.

And, if I am being honest, I would think so – because I do the very. same. thing. I wrestle control out of God’s hands all the time, for much the same reasons as Saul did…and the consequences are disastrous. For Saul, it means his rule will be broken off…for me, there is a break in my relationship with God.

I don’t know about you – but for me, when God and I aren’t ok, I am not ok. I wish that were reason enough to stop seeking control and yet… sigh

(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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get back up!! (Day 12)

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The #lampandlight 31 Day Scripture Challenge has truly been a blessing to my heart. It is amazing how much of myself I have found in 1 Samuel…especially since I chose it on a whim!

In chapter 12, I was captivated by verses 20-22. In Bina-speak, I see Samuel begging them: “Yes, you have messed up BUT don’t let that be a reason to stop serving The Lord. Don’t run to stuff that will “numb you out” either!! Get back up, dust yourself off and continue your walk with the Lord YOUR God ~ He LOVES having a relationship with you…don’t let that go!

As someone who hasn’t been as faithful as I would like lately (when it comes to being in the Word and actually applying it to my daily life)…I am moved to fall more deeply in love with a God who loves like this. I am one who needs to hear “Don’t let the mistake dictate your relationship with Me“…because I am one who typically finds a place to hide because I “messed it all up…again”.

For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for Himself.” (vs 22)

…thankful…

(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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an aha moment (Day 11)

1 Samuel 11 is like an “aha moment” in the nation of Israel.

Their king has a heart focused on God and so, when trouble comes, the power of the Lord is shown in Saul’s responses and in the battle victory for Israel.

Saul clearly sees God’s hand at work, saying “…for the Lord has worked salvation in Israel.” (vs13).

A moment…a glimpse of the beauty that IS when His people, who are called by His name, choose to follow after His calling. It is a breath of fresh air…

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(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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trust issues (Day 10)

Between Mothers Day on Sunday and a root canal today, I haven’t posted…but I have read. Tonight’s post is for 1 Samuel 10…

Saul is chosen by God to be king.

He has now been anointed with oil by Samuel, confirming his place as leader of Israel.

But God goes a step further…He promised him a series of complex signs to prove to Saul that God Himself has moved in his favor.

The signs all come true and Samuel shows up to announce Israel’s new king…and he is nowhere to be found.

After some searching, God reveals that the newly named leader of Israel can be found…hiding among the luggage.

This got me to thinking:
How often does God make me promises and cause all the “signs” to fall into place so I am reassured of His calling…only to find me hidden with all my old baggage, too afraid to come out?

Yeah. #TrustIssues

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(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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what they want but not what they need (Day 9)

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1 Samuel, chapter 9 introduces us to Saul. This is a man who, on the outside, seems to be everything a “king” should be:

~ the most handsome man in all of Israel

~ the tallest one around

~ heir to a fortune

…and yet, as I read this description in verses 1 & 2, I can’t help but think of a moment still to come: Samuel is standing before the sons of Jesse, looking for the new king, when God says, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature…for the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
(1 Samuel 16.7)

When Israel demanded that they have a king in chapter 8, they said they wanted this leader so they could be like other nations. (1 Samuel 8.5,19-20) Having no concern for God’s opinion of them, they now seek to be like everyone else…and based on that, Saul will be every bit of the leader Israel wants. The sad part of this is that Saul will not show even a hint of what Israel really needs…and they don’t care.

It would be easy to sit back and shake my head at how “dumb” they are, but am I any different? I can think of a million times when I have chosen what looked/felt good over what I know is best for me. It just goes to show that no matter how “advanced” society becomes, “people” stay the same

(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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and so…I run (Day 8)

And so it begins.

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The last story of Israel and God shows a mighty King defending His people against a terrible enemy. And now, in 1 Samuel 8, time has created foggy memories and the people have shifted their focus. They go to Samuel and say “you are old and we need a man to lead us…make us a king.

A very displeased Samuel brings their demand before God…and God’s reply is “ok, but first tell them what a King will do to them.

Samuel does, in great and graphic detail, but the blinded response of a people set on what they want to do is the same: “give us a king…one that we can see“.

Samuel takes this back to God and His response is simply: “Obey their voice and make them a king.” {8.22}

Did His heart break at this?

I will be honest…I think that both God and Samuel were crushed by their response. They HAD a King…one that loved them, ruled over them, defended them like no man ever could…but no. “No thank you. Give me what I want because You…You aren’t enough…not for me.

My heart is broken because, you see, I found myself in these people…

I saw my own heart in their demands…

I am flooded with realization of the injury I have inflicted upon the heart of the very One I have rejected in the pursuit of my selfish desires.

But as I turn now to look Him in the eye, I hear His whisper: “I don’t care why you ran or where you went…I only care that you come running back home…to Me.

And so…I run.

(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina