DAY 2: Saul’s Military Might
What’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of ancient kings? For many, it’s that kings were warriors. They didn’t just stand towards the back of the battlefield and direct the troops. Instead, a king was on the front lines. He wasn’t just willing to go into battle, he was willing to lead the rest of the soldiers in battle.
During Saul’s lifetime, the nation of Israel was surrounded by other people groups who could invade their lands. Saul knew that as a king, he would be required to show that he was more than a soldier. He would need to show those who supported him, and those who didn’t, that the nation could have superior military strength. In 1 Samuel Chapter 11, Saul does so, and proves that he has the military prowess to be king. As a result, all 12 of Israel’s tribes agreed to support him, and the people offer God a peace offering (1 Samuel 11:15). For now, they’re still following God. But this will not last.
As you read today, consider this: What is the large ‘battle’ you’re currently facing in life? What’s holding you back from turning your fears in confidence?
READING & JOURNALING:
Peel back the layers: What would you say is the large ‘battle’ you’re currently facing in life?
What’s holding you back from turning your fears in confidence?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Job 40, 41, & 42
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I recognize there are many times in my life in which I don’t want to appear confident, because confidence can also have the appearance of arrogance. Today’s reading has been a great reminder that it’s OK to be confident as long as it doesn’t lead to be cocky or arrogant.
As such, I simply pray today that You will turn my fears into confidence, and that I may rest in knowing the largest battle has already been won. I thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.