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

We Want What We Want

Read: 1 Samuel 8:7-22 The LORD said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” (v. 22) An exasperated parent can be known for giving in. I’ve seen it

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

A Changed Heart

Read: 1 Samuel 10:1-13 When [Saul] turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. (v. 9) After seminary, I was called to serve in my dream job as

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Big, Beautiful Saul

Read: 1 Samuel 10:17-27 Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? There is none like him among all the people. (v. 24) We tend to expect that the president of the United

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Incline Your Heart to Serve

Read: 1 Samuel 12:13-25 Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

It Doesn’t Take Long

Read: 1 Samuel 13:1-15 But now your kingdom shall not continue. (v. 14) It’s funny how quickly we can tell whether a leader will be successful or not. We carefully observe

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Misguided Promises

Read: 1 Samuel 14:36-46 Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel?” (v. 45) Finish your broccoli, or you can’t go to

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Regret of the Worst Kind

Read: 1 Samuel 15:10-25 I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments. (v. 11) The worst kind

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

A Beautiful Heart

Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 The Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. (v. 13) Growing up, I was the eldest sibling, but not the smartest or the

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Something to Offer

Read: 1 Samuel 17:24-37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this