Thorn in my side

The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word,  but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. Mark 4:18-19 NLT Although this parable is referring to people who hear…

Mixed values

Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!” 1 Samuel 9:5 NLT It’s not used so much now, but one of the definitions of the word ‘dear’ is expensive. Nowadays it is used…

Ignorance is miss

If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honoured. Proverbs 13:18 NLT Whenever I discover by myself that I am doing something wrong or the wrong way, I correct it. I simply treat it as an adjustment to my ways. However, when someone else points…

Good King, bad king

“This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots.” 1 Samuel 8:11 NLT Too often, I put something over my relationship with God. Other things become more important and take precedence over…

Don’t ask, don’t get

So Samuel took a young lamb and offered it to the Lord as a whole burnt offering. He pleaded with the Lord to help Israel, and the Lord answered him. 1 Samuel 7:9 NLT Samuel knew that he had a job to do, and he did it. The people had come to him in fear…