Series: 1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Trusting God through big transitions isn’t easy. It requires a deep faith in God’s care and a willingness to follow God’s leading, even when we don’t fully understand his plans. 

The book of 1 Samuel provides us with a bird’s-eye view of the people of Israel as they navigate a significant transition from a time of judges to the establishment of a monarchy under a king. Throughout this period, the journey is filled with challenges and setbacks, but one constant remains: God is always present and responding to the needs and demands of his people and the leaders he has chosen.

Both King Saul and his successor David experience hardship, rebellion, longing, personal growth, and humility. Their stories underscore the underlying theme of the messianic line and the promise of a savior for God’s people. Trusting God through this transition becomes a recurring motif for each character, revealing the consequences of both embracing and failing to trust in God’s guidance.

In this captivating daily devotional series, we embark on a journey through the lives of the prophet Samuel and the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. As we delve into their experiences, we witness firsthand the transformative power of trusting in God’s care and faithfully following his leading. This fruitful path applies not only to individuals but also to the entire nation of Israel.

Throughout the pages of this devotional, we encounter profound lessons about the importance of unwavering trust, the rewards of obedience, and the faithfulness of God even in the midst of uncertainty. The stories of Samuel, Saul, and David serve as beacons of hope, encouraging us to place our trust in God’s provision and guidance during times of significant transition and change. As we immerse ourselves in their narratives, we discover that the key to navigating life’s transitions successfully lies in our willingness to trust God’s perfect plan, even when it is hard.

This daily devotional series offers a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of trust, faith, and obedience while drawing lessons from the lives of these influential biblical figures. Through their triumphs and struggles, we are reminded that trusting God is not only the right path but also the most rewarding one. As we embrace this journey, may we find strength, encouragement, and renewed trust in God as we navigate our own transitions, knowing that he is always faithful and his plans are for our ultimate good.

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

To Make the Empty Full

Read: 1 Samuel 1:1-11 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. (v. 10) The best stories begin with someone in a serious predicament. Important dreams or

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Learning to Walk

Read: 1 Samuel 1:21-2:10 He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

God’s Heart in the World

Read: 1 Samuel 2:27-36 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. (v. 35) I occasionally

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

The Presence of God

Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (v. 10 NRSV) My son wakes

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Trustworthy Words

Read: 1 Samuel 3:11-21 Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. (v. 19) Have you ever struggled to be heard?

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Wrong Thinking

Read: 1 Samuel 4:1-11 The Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and they fled, every man to his home. (v. 10) Misguided, short-term thinking can get us into trouble. Middle schoolers

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

The Ark Properly Understood

Read: 1 Samuel 5:1-12 The men who did not die were struck with tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven. (v. 12) My family recently enjoyed a

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Waiting and Wondering

Read: 1 Samuel 6:10-7:2 From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions


Read: 1 Samuel 7:3-17 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has