1 Samuel 1-2

Hey. Glad you’re here. I’m nearing the bottom of my cup of coffee; I’m glad it’s here too. Today we’re starting off the book of 1 Samuel. We’ll read and go over two chapters a day. I won’t really be summarizing, because I want you to read it for yourself! There’s nothing quite like eyes skimming over paper, but read along here if you need to, or download the Bible app. I prefer the NLT version (Beth is more of an NIV girl). Anyway! Let’s read.

I’ll leave the historical context anecdotes to Beth, she’s better in that area. But, you don’t have to be a historian to notice the timeless epidemic of bullying going on in chapter one. Peninnah lords her good fortune over Hannah and, ouch, I can relate. Exploiting God-given circumstances to make myself feel important and make someone else feel worse? Yeah, that’s in me. I’m thankful God sides with the victim when that happens. If you read nothing else today, read Hannah’s prayer in chapter two as she declares the goodness she’s found in God’s sovereignty.

My favorite part? “He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.” (2:9) There’s such a temptation in (my) culture to rely on our own resources. But, these chapters help me recognize that my greatest and most promising resource is God.

(Look for the verse alluding to our need for Jesus: I love when he’s on the scene in the Old Testament, it’s like spying the protagonist in a desperately tragic movie.)

What was your favorite part?

-Carly

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