Devotional for Saturday and Sunday January 27-28

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “For his whole life will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:28 (NIV)


Our thought for today: “Following God wholeheartedly puts the rest of life in proper perspective.”


In recent days I’ve been making the case that our relationship with Christ must be at the center of our life and everything else in life must be aligned to Christ. I’ve asked you to visualize Jesus sitting on a throne in the center of your heart with everything else in your life in proper alignment around the throne. Another illustration I suggested was to imagine the influence of Christ flowing out from His position on the throne in your heart and infusing every aspect of your life. When this happens, all the elements of your life will be in their proper places and yours will be a well balanced and healthy life.


The Old Testament prophet Samuel was a man who had this right. As we read from the words of his mother in 1 Samuel 1:28, even before he was born his life was dedicated for service to the Lord. Samuel was then raised in the home of the priest Eli and from his earliest years he was trained in the ways of the Lord. He grew up to be a great man of God who served the Lord well all the years of his life.


One of the features of the “Every Man’s Study Bible” is that the editors have selected key Bible figures to serve as models of inspiration for the readers. They then present short character studies to illustrate how that man in the Bible lived in a way that modern men should emulate. One of those men is Samuel. In his case, the editors note that Samuel became a man who was committed, passionate, bold, and fearless. He served the Lord, taught the people, provided great leadership, confronted kings, opposed foreign enemies, and inspired the people all throughout his long life.


The secret to Samuel’s strength of character, fortitude, conviction, and boldness was his wholehearted commitment to follow God and be obedient to Him. His relationship with God was at the center of his life and everything else in life flowed from that.


In all likelihood you were not raised in a temple under the tutelage of an Old Testament priest, consecrated before birth for a life of service in ministry. But still, there’s a lot to learn from the example of Samuel. His total and uncompromising commitment to the Lord, and his careful nurture of his relationship with Him was the key to his successful life. The same can and should be true of us. Get the relationship with the Lord right and all the other pieces of life will fall into their proper places. Following God wholeheartedly puts the rest of life in proper perspective.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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