Hannah's prayer in chapter 2 exalts our great God, revealing His stability, strength, and permanence. It also reveals the godly woman God used to bring a man into the forefront whom God could work through. Prayer makes a difference.
The key verse in 1st Samuel is "To obey is better than sacrifice." The book provides a contrast between those who follow that principle and those who don't. Because Hannah followed through on her vow, her son became a leader in all Israel who dispensed God's law impartially. Let's obey out of appreciation for our great God.
Dealing with Judaizers who would have had the Galatians trusting in religious activity for salvation, Paul reminds them that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. May we never minimize the fact that the work needed for our salvation was done at Calvary by the Redeemer.
The key verse for Judges is found in chapter 17 verse six. It was a commentary on the fact that in Israel everyone did what was right in his own eyes. That philosophy led to trouble for Israel, but a few leaders allowed God to use them. That brought rest to the land. Will we let God use us?
It was time to go into the land after forty years of wandering. Joshua was appointed to lead the children of Israel after Moses died. God repeatedly commanded Joshua, "Be strong and of a good courage." As Joshua faced the battle of Jericho, the Lord made an appearance as Commander of the army of the Lord. With the Lord at his side, victory was his.
Paul addresses a New Testament church in Corinth with concerns that have come to his attention. He encourages the Christian workers to work, the Christian servants to serve, and the church members to love one another. There is one source of power, one example for us to imitate and that is Christ. May we all choose to honor Him.
Warnings given by parents, teachers, medical professionals and God are for our good. A loving God warns those He cares for. His Word has been preserved for our benefit. Peace, joy, contentment are all available through obedience. Taste and see that the Lord is good!