1 Samuel 12-14, Read 14:1-19

Mark Hatfield tells of touring Calcutta with Mother Teresa and visiting the so-called “House of Dying,” where sick children are cared for in their last days, and the dispensary, where the poor line up by the hundreds to receive medical attention. Watching Mother Teresa minister to these people, feeding and nursing those left by others to die, Hatfield was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the suffering she and her co-workers face daily. “How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?” he asked. Mother Teresa replied, “My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, I am called to be faithful.” Beyond Hunger, Beals

Don’t waste your time waiting and longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention. F.B. Meyer.

In this story of Saul’s battle with the Philistines certainly applies to our situation here at our church.

Having lost several families over the past few weeks, we wonder if God will find any faithful.

Read chapter 13 and comment. We find three different groups of soldiers:

            A. THE FEARFUL CHAPTER 13.

It is a poor thing to fear that which is inevitable. Tertullian, third-century church father, speaking of death.

During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of Joseph Stalin. Once, as he censured Stalin in a public meeting, Khrushchev was interrupted by a shout from a heckler in the audience. “You were one of Stalin’s colleagues. Why didn’t you stop him?” “Who said that?” roared Khrushchev. An agonizing silence followed as nobody in the room dared move a muscle. Then Khrushchev replied quietly, “Now you know why.” Today in the Word, July 13, 1993.

It is said that Joseph Stalin so feared for his safety that his residence in Moscow contained eight bedrooms. Each night Stalin chose a bedroom at random to ensure that no one knew exactly where he was sleeping.

Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms his child. Unknown.

Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others. Robert Louis Stevenson.


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