Saul, David, Life of Christ, and the Holy Land

I have paused my blog writing for the month of February so I wanted to give you a quick update. I am simply taking some time to study and spend time in Scripture to learn what God is speaking to me.  I have been studying 1 Samuel, one of my favorite books of the Bible whose primary characters are the prophet Samuel, the Israelites’ first king, Saul, and David, and have learned so much in just the first 20 chapters.  Here are a few things I’ve learned or about which I’ve been reminded:

  • Sometimes God will give us what we cry out for even if it’s not in our best interest in order to demonstrate his glory and sovereignty.

  • Do not be wise in your own eyes.

  • Serve God faithfully and always consider the great things he has done for you.

  • Seek first the Lord.

  • Sin is a barrier between us and God.

  • Obedience is better than sacrifice.

  • The Lord looks not at the outside, but at the heart of a person.

The other thing I’ve been doing of late is studying the four gospels as part of a seminary course called The Gospels: Life of Christ.  To list out every detail of what has happened in my soul and mind as I’ve studied the gospels would take too long, but I can say for sure I love Jesus more and more each day.

Today I leave for a one-week trip to the Middle East and will walk in many of the places Jesus walked and touch the earth that Jesus’ body touched.  My heart is open and my mind is ready to engage in a week of learning what it means to be one who seeks peace.  I would love your prayers!

“Seek peace and pursue it.”  Psalm 34:14

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