Day 92

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Kings 10:4-9
And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her. And she said to the king, The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard. Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.

When the queen of Sheba saw all Solomon possessed and the wisdom that he had – she ended up giving praise to God who watched over Israel.

Her praise was not solely to a man but she knew that God had a hand in it. She even praised God for being loving to Israel to bestow them with such a wise king.

When we do well, it is important to remember that it honors God.
Martin Luther King Jr once said,“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

God’s love and mercy

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Ezekiel 45:13-46:24; Proverbs 28:11

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Ezekiel 45:17 “It shall be the prince’s duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.”

Who is this “prince”? He couldn’t be the Messiah since Jesus would never be asked to furnish the various types of offering in God’s temple. Furthermore, such a temple as described in Ezekiel 40-48 was never found in other biblical references. No less, if we take this figuratively, it could mean that the prince was a “type” of Christ that represented God’s unfailing mercy and love for His people. God’s mercy and love for His people is perfectly fulfilled as Jesus the Christ atoned for all sins through the offering of Himself as the perfect sacrifice. Even as Israel sinned grievously against God; God was relentless in providing them the message of hope through the prophet Ezekiel.

We can never fully comprehend God’s love and mercy for us because we know precisely what we are capable of. Some of us might still be struggling with the one sin that seems so difficult to overcome and wonder if God will eventually forsake us to our dark deed. When we think in this manner, we are not really helping ourselves to know God better; or to get closer to He who is Love. For our holiness does not depend on what we have done or are trying to do; but on what Christ did and how we are subjecting ourselves to His Lordship. Only Christ can save and the only way for us to lead holy lives is to consistently surrender and bow down in faith to He who is able. As Hebrews 4:15-16 says: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

God of mercy and love, help us to understand what it means to draw near to the throne of grace, even as we feel that we might not be able to overcome. Amen.

Day 91

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Kings 8:15-20
And he said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there. But I chose David to be over my people Israel. Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the Lord said to David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name. Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

It is important to remember that Solomon did not do this on his strength.
It is God who built His house through Solomon.

There is a difference.
Solomon is not God’s benefactor. He is God’s vessel.

It is the same with us.
Our abilities, time and finances- which we use for God’s service- is rendered from our position as vessels not as benefactors of the Lord.

Day 90

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Kings 5:13-14
King Solomon drafted forced labor out of all Israel, and the draft numbered 30,000 men. And he sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in shifts. They would be a month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the draft.

There was great wisdom in what he did. Solomon rotated the conscripted men serving overseas and their time spent back in Israel, whilst between shifts, helped them to remember what it was they were serving.

They would return home and see the Temple being developed and progressing. Then they would be sent out again into Lebanon.

Sometimes we can serve and being away from our home, deplete ourselves of the vision of why it is that we serve.

I remember being in NS, and every weekend back in the civilian world, reminded me of the reason why I had to bear arms as a soldier.

Is your energy level dipping and are you getting disillusioned?
Take time to re-envision what it is that you are laboring for.
Re-ignite the fires that you might be able to serve with fresh strength once again.

Day 89

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Kings 2:1-2
When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man,

David was dying.
His last words were to ask Solomon to ‘ man up’

And this was what he meant by ‘manning up’-

1 Kings 2:3
and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn,

Obeying God was the way to ‘man up’.
It is not a sign of weakness to submit to God.
And in turn- the one who obeys God will find that God blesses him in his life.

If Solomon were to be such a man, the example he would set for his own sons – would lead them to follow such a standard of manliness.

1 Kings 2:4
that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.

What a new perspective compared to what the world calls manliness!

Day 88

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 23:8-12
These are the names of David’s fighting men: Josheb Basshebeth from Tahkemon’s family was leader of the three. He used a spear to kill 800 men on one occasion. Next in rank to him was Eleazar, another one of the three fighting men. He was the son of Dodo and grandson of Aho. Eleazar was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. When the soldiers from Israel retreated, he attacked and killed Philistines until his hand got tired and stuck to his sword. So the LORD won an impressive victory that day. The army returned to Eleazar, but they only returned to strip the dead. Next in rank to him was Shammah, the son of Agee from Harar. The Philistines had gathered at Lehi, where there was a field of ripe lentils. When the troops fled from the Philistines, he stood in the middle of the field and defended it by killing Philistines. So the LORD won an impressive victory.

David had mighty soldiers on his side indeed.
Each capable of legendary feats.

But they weren’t always mighty.
Rewind … and take a look at what was said about their origins:
1 Samuel 22:2
Then everyone who was in trouble, in debt, or bitter about life joined him, and he became their commander. There were about four hundred men with him.

They started out as desperados.

What happened?
David’s influence rubbed off onto them.

Stuff rubs off.
Who you hang out with matters.

Start hanging around Davidic men and women and let their godly influence spill into your life …

Day 87

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 17:14
And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring harm upon Absalom.

Absalom had 2 advisors – Hushai amd Ahithophel.
Ahithophel spoke first and gave the better advice but somehow Absalom after listening to Hushai’s advice, those to go with Hushai -thinking it to be better.

Scripture is careful to record why Absalom made the wrong choice.
God had planned for Absalom to fail so that David might be saved.

Our enemies may have awesome advisors and formidable armies.
But if God is on our side, who can be against us?

Seek God today. HE IS ALL THAT YOU NEED.

Taming the tongue … and the second tongue!

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: James 2:18-3:18; Psalms 118:1-18

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
James 3:5 “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!”

The Apostle James had a situation to handle. Many Christians in the church he had written the letter to, cannot seem to tame their tongues. As such, disunity and chaos were rampant. People got hurt by untamed tongues and unrighteousness pursues. James parallel an untamed tongue to be “restless evil” and “full of deadly poison”. With the same tongue, we praise God; and with the same tongue we curse others who are made in the likeness of God. What strong phrases the Apostle had used! Yet we know in our hearts that what he said is true.

A child’s future can be destroyed by parents’ consistent verbal abuse. A teenager might attempt suicide due to bullying ways and words used by so called “friends”. Divorces might occur due to something said between the husband and wife. Indeed the tongue can be a very powerful tool – both for edification as well as having the potential to destroy. May the Lord help us to tame the tongue and use it only for His glory.

In this day and age, there is another type of “tongue” we need to be aware of. This will be the “tongue” of social media. Almost everyday, we use emails, WhatsApp, SMS etc to “speak” to one another. In this domain, we also need to ask God for help to be in self control. In fact, it is even easier to allow this “second tongue” to run wild; especially when we do not have to see the person whom we are communicating with. This is why when “controversial” topics arise, there also arises many keyboard warriors who usually make matters worse. We need God’s help (wisdom from above) to tame this second tongue as well. As James reminded us in 3:17-18: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Lord our God, may you help us to see the importance of taming our physical tongue as well as the “second tongue” in our minds and hearts. May we grow to be pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and bearing good fruits for Your glory. Amen.

Day 86

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 13:21-22
When King David heard of all these things, he was very angry. But Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad, for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had violated his sister Tamar.

We read that David was furious at the incestuous rape of Tamar by Amnon. But he apparently did not deal with the situation nor punish the offender!

It caused a tear in his family’s relationships.
Absalom hated Amnon and plotted his revenge.

2 Samuel 13:28-30
Then Absalom commanded his servants, Mark when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Strike Amnon, then kill him. Do not fear; have I not commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant. So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and each mounted his mule and fled. While they were on the way, news came to David, Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons, and not one of them is left.

It caused murder to take place between brothers. Amnon died at Absalom’s hands.

Sometimes we try to sweep issues under a carpet and not deal with them but it ends up coming back to haunt us.
That is what happened to David’s inability to act on his family issues.

Strange- he led a nation but was unable to lead his own household well.

2 Samuel 13:37-39
But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son day after day. So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years. And the spirit of the king longed to go out to Absalom, because he was comforted about Amnon, since he was dead.

Next we read that Absalom flees and David mourns. He misses his son but yet strangely David doesn’t go out to invite or ask him to return … and he had armies at his disposal to seek out Absalom!

It is important to deal with relationship issues and not sweep it under the carpet.. as they arise lest they fester and rot and cause damage to our family and relationships.

Cherishing People

I thank God every time I remember you” Philippians 1: 3 (NIV)

Paul was genuinely grateful for the people whom he encountered in his life. He cherished them and made sure that they knew about it. That is why in most of his letters we see this phrase about praying for others and remembering others’ good deeds.

When Paul was writing this, he was almost at the end of his ministry and in prison. He did not have much material achievements to cherish. Only thing he could find boasting about was the relationships God had given him with people through the apostolic ministry. He had earned many people through gospel.

When he remembered Philippian church and all their love, he was bubbling with joy and praising God for their lives.

God has given many people in our lives – Big or small, influential or normal. God expect us to cherish them in our lives. We should remember them and thank God for them.

We also need to remember the love of Philippians towards Paul. How much they warmed his heart. Are we living a life which bring smile to others? Will there be people who say “I thank God for you in my life and without you my life would not be enriched like this”?

Let us strive to remember who love us and cherish them.

Let us also live a life which would bring smile to others.

Day 85

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 10:9-12
When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. And he said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.

They were sandwiched between enemy forces.
From the front and from the back- they were under attack.

So Joab did the best he could – put his best men on each end.

Look at his words. He committed their lives and the outcome of battle into God’s hands.

“What seems good to God …”
That was Joab’s belief as to the best outcome possible.

Would you do that?
Not what seems best to you.
But what seems best to God.

That requires a whole lot of trust in who God is.
I want to do that …

God, please let what seems best to You, happen to my family.
My wife.
My sons.

In your hands is the best place we can ever be.

Knowing God vs Knowledge of God

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-38:23; Proverbs 28:1

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Ezekiel 37:5-6 “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

The valley of the dry bones is a familiar biblical scene to many Christians. God did a phenomenal miracle to give flesh and the breath of life to an army of skeletons. This is not to tell the future of generations of Christians that we can so apply this to any prayer for the resurrection of the dead. It was to give the message to the house of Israel that even as they had lost hope and gone astray, God will turn them around. The emphasis of chapter 37 is that Israel shall know that God is the LORD.

Curiously, Old Testament Israel cannot be accused to have no knowledge of who God is. They probably had more “contact points” with God than any nations combined together. Many of them were also well versed in the ways of God. Perhaps the problem was more of “knowing” God.

Having the knowledge of God does not equate to “knowing God”. Sometimes we lie to ourselves in the knowledge of God to pretend that we know God in a deep way. “Knowing God” means growing in intimacy with the One who gave us the knowledge of Him; and not just keeping it cerebral. “Knowing God” means the living out of our faith because it does take faith to want to get close to God. “Knowing God” is asking tough questions after a miraculous experience like “what do you want from me God?” “what does this miracle has to do with my relationship with you?”

Today’s passage is a reminder to me not to merely get excited about getting insights from the Word; but also to have honest conversations with God about living out such insights. Otherwise I might only be as good as bones and flesh without living out the new life given to me in Jesus Christ.

O God, what do you want from me through this reading? Help me to continue to know You and not just having a knowledge of You. Amen.

Day 84

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 7:12-15
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.

God would be like a father to David’s son.
He would discipline him if he committed a sin.

But it would not mean that God ceases to love him or hope in him.

It is meant for correction and for his benefit.

It’s easy to spoil our kids with love and even a lack of discipline.

But a good parent exercises love that comes in the form of discipline too.
It will be hard for the disciplined. t may even seem that love has departed in the relationship but it hasn’t.

God does that for us.
He corrects us with discipline.
He allowed Israel at times to be overrun by its enemies.
He allowed even for its Temple to be ransacked and its people captured and led to foreign nations.
Yet His discipline was meant for its good.

It will hurt.
It will be hard to bear.
But it will be good for our destiny in eternity.

Day 83

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 4:9
But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity,

I love how David refers to God.
He refers to God as the God who “… redeemed my life out of every adversity.”

He was speaking now as a victorious king.
But yet he knew it was God who had always saved him in every situation and from every problem/obstacle he had ever faced.

David was one who knew where the Source of his blessing and his success came from.

We would do well to remember that too, however many titles or successes we may accrue in life’s journey.
That we are nothing without God.

Day 82

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Samuel 31:9-13
So they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people. They put his armor in the temple of Ashtaroth, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. But when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men arose and went all night and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. And they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh and fasted seven days.

The enemy sought to mutilate Saul’s body and parade his armour and head to show their prowess over their enemy.

But the people of Jabesh-gilead arose to reclaim his body and those of his sons and properly dispose of them so as to honor him for previously saving them from the Ammonites. (ref 1 Sam 11)

Even though Saul was not a perfect king or a reasonably good one – there were people who remembered the little that he accomplished.

They even completed acts of mourning for Saul and his sons.

That is a good reminder to us- sometimes when we think the whole world hates us , there still are people who treasure us for what little acts that they remember that we had done for them.

Take heart.
Live strong.

Day 81

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Samuel 30:1-6
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

He was in distress.
The people turned against him.
Their loved ones taken captive.
The city set aflame.

What did he do on this stressful day?
He strengthened himself in the Lord.

We fall easily into the trap of gauging our worth based on what others think of us or the achievements we have racked up..
While pleasing, these things don’t last.

We WILL fall out of favor or off the ladder to success someday.
But His love for us transcends all that.

Are you in the same place as David?
Look to God, read the Scriptures especially the Psalms- they record David’s writings about how he looks to God when all seems bleak.

Day 80

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Samuel 24:1-11
When Saul came back from fighting the Philistines, he was told “Now David is in the desert near En Gedi.” Then Saul took 3,000 of the best-trained men from all Israel and went to search for David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to some sheep pens along the road where there was a cave. Saul went into it to relieve himself while David and his men were sitting further back in the cave. David’s men told him, “Today is the day the LORD referred to when he said, ‘I’m going to hand your enemy over to you. You will do to him whatever you think is right.'” David quietly got up and cut off the border of Saul’s robe. But afterward, David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the border of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “It would be unthinkable for me to raise my hand against His Majesty, the LORD’s anointed king, since he is the LORD’s anointed.” So David stopped his men by saying this to them and didn’t let them attack Saul. Saul left the cave and went out onto the road. Later, David got up, left the cave, and called to Saul, “Your Majesty!” When Saul looked back, David knelt down with his face touching the ground. David asked Saul, “Why do you listen to rumors that I am trying to harm you? Today you saw how the LORD handed you over to me in the cave. Although I was told to kill you, I spared you, saying, ‘I will not raise my hand against Your Majesty because you are the LORD’s anointed.’ My master, look at this! The border of your robe is in my hand! Since I cut off the border of your robe and didn’t kill you, you should know and be able to see I mean no harm or rebellion. I haven’t sinned against you, but you are trying to ambush me in order to take my life.

He had the perfect opportunity to cease life on the run. He could slay Saul and take the kingdom.

Despite the lure it must have posed to him- David resisted it. He was troubled at just having cut a slice of Saul’s robe!

He opted instead to try and speak sense into Saul’s head – to persuade Saul to not pursue him anymore instead.

No wonder God calls David a man after His heart.
He showed mercy even to the undeserving. He did right even when under the cover of darkness.

And this illogical act of sparing one’s enemy worked.
Here is how Saul responded:

1 Samuel 24:19-20
When a person finds an enemy, does he send him away unharmed? The LORD will repay you completely for what you did for me today. Now I know that you certainly will rule as king, and under your guidance the kingdom of Israel will prosper.

Saul now knew that David was truly God’s chosen one to replace him as king.
This tremendous act of grace touched even the corrupt king’s heart.

The world laughs at the teaching of Jesus to His disciples to “… turn the other cheek” and to “forgive your enemies”. But it is in mercy, that the greatest strength is shown and not in vengeance.

Calling and obedience

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Ezekiel 33:31-34:31; Proverbs 27:21-22

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Ezekiel 33:8 “If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.”

Ezekiel was called to be God’s mouthpiece to declare His message of warning and repentance to the people of Israel. If Ezekiel heard the word of God and declare it to the people; and even if the people did not turn from their wicked ways, the prophet will be saved. If Ezekiel heard the word of God but failed to declare it to the people; and if the people did not turn from their wicked ways and perish, then the prophet will have to bear the consequences. It was a difficult assignment. Yet God’s calling of His workers is always purposeful and His will is not to be denied.

This passage reminded me of my own calling from the Lord to be a minister of His Word and Sacrament. Have I fully obeyed God’s call to speak into the life of His people each and every time? No, I have not. Yet by His mercies, Christ’s work on the cross atoned for these times when I have failed to be faithful. However, I cannot take God’s grace in Jesus Christ for granted. Because of His grace and truth, I must grow in obedience and faithfulness for God’s call for my life as a pastor. Even if He has called me to do and say things which might not be popular or even offensive to some; i must obey in faith. I must trust in God’s heart for His people.

Lord God, help me to be the minister that You have called me to be. Your call is purposeful and no laughing matter. Help me to treat it with sanctity and grow to be the person You want me to be. Amen.

Day 79

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Samuel 19:4-7
So Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul. “You should not commit a sin against your servant David,” he said. “He hasn’t sinned against you. Instead, he has done some very fine things for you: He risked his life and killed the Philistine Goliath, and the LORD gave all Israel a great victory. When you saw it, you rejoiced. Why then should you sin by shedding David’s innocent blood for no reason?” Saul listened to Jonathan, and he promised, “I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives, he will not be killed.” Jonathan told David all of this. Then Jonathan took David to Saul. So David was returned to his former status in Saul’s court.

As family members, we have access that others who are not flesh and blood related, will not have.

Too often I hear of people complaining about a son or a mother, an aunt or a grandfather and they ask for an “outsider” – a person of no biological relation to speak to the family member.

The strange thing is that they themselves haven’t given it a real try – to speak to their family member and brush it off as “Oh they wouldn’t listen to me.”

The more accurate description would be that they are afraid to damage ties as they would still have to meet the difficult relative on a regular basis long term. And thus it would be better for an “outsider” to handle the criticism, however constructive it might be.

I think God makes us one family for a reason. And if we can’t open up to our kinsmen and tell them the truth that can set them free and prevent them from sin – then we are no better than strangers to such relatives. Our relationship is only skin deep.

Proverbs reminds us that as “… iron sharpens iron, so 1 man’s life shall sharpen another.”

Day 78

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Samuel 15:10-11
Then the LORD spoke to Samuel: “I regret that I made Saul king. He turned away from me and did not carry out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he prayed to the LORD all night.

Samuel was upset.
Angry and disappointed at the turn of events.

But what did he do?
He prayed to God all night before he confronted Saul the next day.

What a wonderful example for us to follow, the next time we get upset – before confronting our spouse, our boss, our neighbor – we can pray all night.

Might make some of us want to be angry less often!!