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

Wise in War

Read: 1 Samuel 29:1-11 The commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” (v. 3) I’ve learned that in any and all of life’s squabbles, having the right

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

A Heap of Hardship

Read: 1 Samuel 30:1-10 David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. (v. 6) For spring break one year, my family had a three-day window to travel. Immediately, our 5:00 a.m.

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

God’s Generosity

Read: 1 Samuel 30:16-26 For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike. (v. 24)

1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions

A Turning Point

Read: 1 Samuel 31:1-13 Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. (v. 6) I can’t help it: I love