Christian Devotional – July 16, 2015

Read 1 Samuel chapter 10

VERSE:

1 Samuel 10:27–But some scoundrels said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.

TRUTH:

Two things stand out here. First, even though God gave Samuel permission to do exactly what the people asked, not all the people were happy about it. It doesn’t matter what we try to do, if we are doing it to please people, we’ll never be successful and never will everyone be happy with us. We must work to please God and Him alone. Second, Saul was offended and he had every right to get upset about it, however, he chose to keep silent. Often when we are being verbally attacked or ridiculed, it’s best when we just don’t rise to it. Responding in anger to people usually doesn’t solve anything and often makes matters worse. Saul chose to keep silent and we ought to as well.

RESPONSE:

Father, I desire to please You and You alone. I will never make everyone happy around me and I am not trying to. I desire for You to be pleased. Also, I will not get upset with others disagree with me or don’t like what I say. Instead I will remember that I am trying to please only You and not get distracted by these minor problems.

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