30 th May 2020 Titus 3:3 reminds us that before we were saved, we were all once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures, lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. God saved us because of his mercy and not because of good things we had done. When we realize this, we should respond with changes in our behaviour. God’s love and mercy in saving us will motivate us to excel in good works. Doing good works are good and profitable for everyone. These good works may be avenues to lead people to experience God’s grace. Reflection: Our good works do not and cannot save us. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved. We are saved to do good works (See also Ephesians 2:10) Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your grace, mercy and loving kindness which we do not deserve. Help us each day to grow to be more like Jesus to be effective witness of the gospel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Respond through the heart of God The end of First Samuel describes the death of King Saul. The beginning of Second Samuel describes David hearing of Saul’s death. Now, Let’s read about David hearing of Saul’s death in 2 Samuel 1:1-16 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. And on the third day, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage and declared the death of Saul. Vs 1-2 Then David queried, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” He narrated, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul, leaning on his spear…When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’ Vs 5-10. On hearing that David and all the men with him mourned and wept Vs 11 Then David inquired, "How wa
Psalm 57 “A Hard Time in the Right Place” David wrote this Psalm whilst taking shelter in a cave after escaping from Saul’s attempts to kill him (1 Samuel 22:1-2 and 1 Samuel 24:3). David was chosen by God and anointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel. He was employed by Saul to play the lyre for him. At the start, Saul liked David very much and David became a high- ranking officer in Saul’s army. However, David’s ability and success made him popular amongst the people and Saul became increasingly jealous. Proverbs 27:4 states, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” Jealousy is an immensely powerful negative emotion that can drive a person to cause all sorts of destruction. Saul developed a murderous obsession with David because he was insecure about his own position as king. During these difficult times, David took shelter in a cave to avoid Saul and his army. David had done nothing to deserve this persecution. In fact, it was quite the
Devotion – 27 May 2020 1 Sam 31 – THE COST OF DISOBEDIENCE In this last chapter of 1 Samuel, we read about the death of King Saul and his three sons who were killed in battle with the Philistines. Initially, Saul’s life started very well, but sad to say, it ended horribly. How did it happen that way? He disobeyed God and did not follow His instructions and this has severe consequences. Because of his disobedience, he no longer had the Lord’s protection. And in 1 Sam 15:26, it says because Saul has rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord has rejected him as king over Israel. Saul’s disobedience does not just affect him alone but there are consequences for everyone around him. In 1 Sam 31:7, it states, “When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.” Saul’s death and the army’s defeat tragicall