Seek God’s Direction
Bradon: Today, we continue to learn the stories found in 1 Samuel.
Jon: We will learn just how important it is to Seek God’s Direction.
Bradon: The stakes were high for Saul and all of Israel. People’s lives were on the line!
About the Story
Bradon: Last week, we learned that you are where God needs you!
Jon: We will see why this is an essential lesson in today’s story, but we will also learn something new.
Bradon: So Israel Army led by Saul camped just outside of Gibeah. If you remember from last week, there was a substantial military disadvantage from Isreal having few soldiers and the Philistines who had 1000s.
Jon: I imagine the area to be pretty rocky and challenging to navigate. With a bit of mountainous terrain all around the area.
Bradon: One more thing. Last week we learned that the Israelites had virtually no proper weapons. Just Saul and Jonathan had swords. So, the Israelite army was small, unarmed and had to navigate rocky terrain while fighting. It sounds like the odds are not in Israel’s favour.
Jon: I hear your sarcasm, but the odds are in their favour, and we are going to see why!
Jon: Did you notice Saul’s impatience in today’s story?
Bradon: Yeah, it started last week when he didn’t wait for Samuel. Then during the story today he also didn’t wait long enough to even ask God what to do.
Jon: Jonathan was an example of a person who urgently needed to hear from God and kind of listened to God on the fly but made sure he did it.
Bradon: Right, I think this shows us that there generally isn’t a right or wrong way to listen to God. For Saul, it appeared as though it was simply a check box to tic and then just keep on going on with his plans.
Jon: Listening to God is about seeking God’s direction and being willing to follow no matter what.
Bradon: So our lesson today is simply to take time to seek God’s direction.