1 Samuel 8 & 9
Blending In & Hiding Out
1 Samuel 8 & 9:
Is There Any Difference?
God has always desired for His people to be set apart, holy, different from the world around us – to manifest His holiness.
Matthew 5.16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
That light in us is supposed to shine and in so doing bring God glory. Peter reminded us to:
“Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1.16).
As we live in “grace obedience” (understanding that we cannot live holy lives without the help of the Holy Spirit, relying on Him, repenting and calling on His mercy when we fail), we bring Him glory. And that difference, that light, will draw others to Christ.
Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (Jn. 12.32).
But, like the people of Israel in asking for a king (1 Sam. 8.4), we often prefer to blend in, to be closet Christians, to act much like the world around us. Our children, too, complain that it’s unfair they can’t dress and act like the rest of the world. I wonder if we have failed to instill the importance of their calling in them because we don’t always believe and live it ourselves.
Let’s pray that we would truly let our light so shine before men that they would see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. Let’s pray that when their lives are falling apart, they would see something different in us and be drawn to it. And when they ask, we would “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks [us] a reason for the hope that is in [us]” (1 Pet. 3.15).
Today’s Other Readings:
Betrayed by a Friend
Ephesians 4.26 says, “Be angry, and do not sin,” and verses 31 & 32 say, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Romans 12.21 raises the bar even higher: Continue reading