Session 14

When what god asks feels impossible

From 1 Samuel: A 6-Week Devotional

Being named king or queen of something sounds pretty enticing, doesn't it? Perhaps images of fame and glory come to mind when we envision being placed in a position of power. We imagine the benefits, but we seldom think about the amount of pressure it takes to be a leader until we are called to be one.

In 1 Samuel, God calls Saul to be the first king of Israel. He was being called into a position of power and prestige, yet Saul was terrified. The responsibility seemed overwhelming, so he ran and hid among the baggage, hoping no one would notice his absence (1 Samuel 10:22).

As believers we may not physically run away when we feel overwhelmed, but we do hide from God’s calling on our life. Maybe we feel inadequate or that doing what God is asking will be too uncomfortable. We don’t want to fail, or we’re concerned about what others may think of us. We hide among our “baggage” and hope God will call someone more qualified.

What God calls us to do, He equips us to do.

We can move from feeling God’s calling is impossible to feeling responsible by learning 3 lessons from Saul’s story:

  1. What God calls us to do, He equips us to do: What God is asking might seem impossible, but He will always provide us with clear directions (1 Samuel 10:25).
  2. We need to answer the call: The baggage of our past isn’t for us to dwell in, but for us to stand upon. When we use our story for His glory, our baggage no longer confines us.
  3. We are to support each other: Although Saul may not have felt worthy to answer God’s call, people gave him support (1 Samuel 10:24). We are called to support others in their calling. And, we can trust God will bring people into our lives to support us in ours.

Reflect

  • What is one way you’ve hidden from God’s calling in the past? By claiming you are too busy? Too broken? Too frightened?
  • What is one thing God is calling you to do? What is one step you need to take today to do what He is asking you to do?
  • Who is one person you can go to for encouragement and support as you take that step? Who is one person you can support?

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Session 1

When hope seems unattainable

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Session 3

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Session 4

But God, I don’t want to

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Session 5

Only God can judge me

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Session 6

How do I know if God’s calling me?

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Session 7

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

Few things are more demoralizing than fighting a losing battle. It’s emotionally exhausting, and for Christians it’s confusing. Romans 8:...

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Session 8

Kill your idol, before it kills you

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Session 9

Repentance is more than being sorry

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Session 10

How to walk forward in faith

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Session 11

Do you blend in?

Samuel was the judge of Israel who led the nation back into the direction of God. When Samuel was ready to retire, the nation demanded a ...

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Session 12

Coincidence? I think not.

Have you ever had something happen that you just couldn’t quite explain? Something you chalked up to coincidence. Maybe it’s how you met...

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Session 13

You can be forever changed

Change is a part of life. Some of us thrive when change happens. For others, change produces anxiety and stress. But no matter how we res...

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Session 14

When what god asks feels impossible

Being named king or queen of something sounds pretty enticing, doesn’t it? Perhaps images of fame and glory come to mind when we envision...

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Session 15

Not all anger is sinful

We’ve all been angry. We’ve seen injustice, felt pain when wronged, and wanted to pinch the head off of something. We’ve seen red faces, ...

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Session 16

It’s not too late to change

“I told you so” moments are no fun if you are on the receiving end. We see one of these moments in 1 Samuel when the Israelites come to t...

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Session 17

When impatience wins

The thing you want is so close you almost believe if you close your eyes and reach out, you can touch it. Or maybe, the thing your heart...

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Session 18

Who can you count on?

In all our relationships, we expect to be able to count on the other person. While we were growing up, we looked to our older siblings or...

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Session 19

Bite your tongue

Have you ever said something so stupid you wish life had a backspace option? Parents, have you threatened your children with an “or else...

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Session 20

“But God, what if I did this?”

Have you ever tried to negotiate a better way with God? When we rely on our human understanding, what He asks us to do often leaves us c...

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Session 21

No more excuses

Have you ever said “enough is enough” to someone who kept making excuses?  Samuel had a moment like that with Saul in Saul’s final days ...

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Session 22

You can’t unsee this

The Internet drama over “the dress” made people lose their minds. Some saw white and gold. Others saw black and blue. That viral sensatio...

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Session 23

I don’t want to be here anymore

“No, you can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes...

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Session 24

The long road to an overnight success

David was not an “overnight success.” The unknown shepherd laid the groundwork for his victory against Goliath long before the epic showd...

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Session 25

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

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Session 26

The danger of jealousy

At first glance, jealousy may not seem like a major sin in our daily lives. We may get a little jealous of people from time to time, but ...

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Session 27

Why do my motives even matter?

A young man helping an elderly lady cross the street because he wants to ensure her safety has an honorable motive. However, if this same...

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Session 28

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

1 Samuel 19 tells of a guy with a serious lifestyle problem. Saul was jealous and not able to control his emotions—to the point of intend...

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Session 29

How to choose between competing loyalties

The problem with loyalty is everyone has their own definition of it. So, at some point we will find ourselves in that painful position wh...

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Session 30

How to have joy in hard times

Think back to some of the most stressful or scary moments in your life. How did you react? If you’re like most people, praising God proba...

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Session 31

I never thought I’d do that

One of our culture’s great weaknesses is not believing in pure evil. We want to think all people are generally good. We shake our heads i...

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Session 32

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

Have you ever wanted something so much any opportunity to obtain it seemed like God answering your prayer? Maybe money has been tight, an...

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Session 33

When you want revenge

He is so finished! I’ll give her a piece of my mind! It’s okay, no one will ever know. This tweet will really get’em good.   Thoughts...

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Session 34

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

When we are in crisis mode it’s natural to look to those surrounding us for help. Thankfulness towards our rescuers comes easily during t...

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Session 35

When revenge kills

Have you ever been mistreated so badly you actually plotted revenge? In 1 Samuel 25, David found himself in this position. Nabal threw i...

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Session 36

How to prevent regret

Have you ever made a decision you regretted? Maybe it was last minute. Maybe it was a split-second decision. Maybe you experienced the co...

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Session 37

Between a rock and a hard place?

From working at a dead end job to kids that just won’t cooperate, we have all felt stuck. Being stuck is one of the most difficult places...

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Session 38

How to get your next big thing

High school. College. Marriage. Babies. Buying a house. The big promotion with a raise. What is your next big thing? Sometimes, we wonde...

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Session 39

What happens when your plans fall apart?

A plan is a set of actions designed to achieve a goal. While having a plan makes us feel accomplished, sometimes the best thing that can ...

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Session 40

Who to blame when things go wrong

When trouble comes in life, how do you react? Do you look for something or someone to blame? David’s men did. Their homes had been attack...

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Session 41

Disobedience always has consequences

Whether we are talking about stealing cookies from a cookie jar, shoving all the mess in your room under the bed, cheating on a college f...

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