January Devotionals

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Past January Devotionals

Mar 31

1 Samuel 29-31

Throughout 1 Samuel, the story of Saul and David has been told in tandem, with narrative threads intertwined. The conclusion to the book is no different: contrasting events happen simultaneously. Chapters 29 and 30 complete the story of David and his men. And then, in chapter 31, we are told the conclusion to Saul’s story. Next week, we pause our journey through the Old Testament to prepare ourselves for Easter.
Stuart Holman
11 mins
Mar 30

1 Samuel 27-28

David puts himself in some compromising situations. He is finds himself in deep trouble. And yet God delivers him. David, nor us, deserve deliverance but God’s mercy is greater than our stubbornness.
Stuart Holman
11 mins
Mar 29

1 Samuel 24-26

While David shows loyalty to Saul by sparing his life, twice, we don’t for a moment imagine him to be the perfect human being. Instead it is Abigail’s wise and gracious actions that crown this narrative unit. In the face of rejection and betrayal, David cannot demand to be treated like a king by Nabal or the Ziphites, especially because he is not king— yet. Instead he learns restraint and humility through Abigail’s actions.
Stuart Holman
11 mins
Mar 28

1 Samuel 22-23

As David waits for God’s vindication as the true King, he has several experiences of betrayal. From within these situations we learn of David’s mindset as he pleads his case with God.
Stuart Holman
10 mins
Mar 27

1 Samuel 18-21

In the second half of 1 Samuel we encounter some strange circumstances. Saul, the People’s King, is on the throne, but God has anointed his chosen one— who is not yet king. So 1 Samuel 18-31 explore this tension where the true king waits for God to enact his kingdom while the rejected king desperately tries to cling on to power.
Stuart Holman
11 mins
Mar 24

1 Samuel 16-17

This fifth devotional introduces God's choice of king, David. The narrative intentionally juxtaposes God's choice of with the People's choice.
Stuart Holman
11 mins
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