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

Mighty Trash Talk

Read: 1 Samuel 17:38-51 I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (v. 45) Trash talk

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Jealousy and Fear Aren’t Pretty

Read: 1 Samuel 18:1-15 Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. (v. 12) When powerful people have earned their authority with the

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Best Friends Forever

Read: 1 Samuel 20:30-42 Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, “The LORD shall be between me and you, and

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

All That You Need

Read: 1 Samuel 21:1-10 So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence. (v. 6) Hangry is the word for

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

“Tag! You’re It!”

Read: 1 Samuel 23:1-14 David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

God’s Chosen and Beloved

Read: 1 Samuel 24:1-15 The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed. (v. 6) Have you ever “egged someone on”? I once challenged a

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Awesome Blessings

Read: 1 Samuel 25:23-35 If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

Prophetic Words

Read: 1 Samuel 26:12-27:1 Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and will succeed in them.” So David went his way,

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

God’s Word Stands

Read: 1 Samuel 28:3-18 The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. (v. 17) Who do you go to when you need