I have been walking through 1 Samuel for about the last two weeks and I have to admit that at times it has been a confusing and tough slog. Yesterday’s post was the last one from 1 Samuel and I need a break so I thought this would be a good time to eddy out.
In my journey through 1 Samuel I have reflected on the flawed nature of many of God’s followers, including myself. I still find it perplexing that famous characters like David have such trouble listening to God and following him.
On one level this should be reassuring as it means that even David, “a man after God’s own heart” found it difficult to faithfully follow God. But part of me still wonders why God desires this kind of relationship with us. Then I remember what I have learned and experienced as a parent. I love my two daughters very much and I would do anything for them. I am sure they love me too. That does not mean that we never have misunderstandings and confusion between us. I am sure my daughters would tell you we have had plenty of misunderstandings and confusion over the years.
I think one thing that my slog through 1 Samuel has taught me is that our relationship with God is a process or a journey. We will have misunderstandings and confusion. We are all perplexing people in our own way and that is OK. God loves us anyway. All God requires of us is to seek a deeper relationship with Him. I am reminded of a verse I learned on a retreat that has stuck with me:He has shown you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
I think the meaning of “walk humbly” is to maintain a posture and perspective that is always seeking better communication and understanding with God. This does not mean that we will never have misunderstandings and frustrations with each other. It just means that we are “all in” for God and He is “all in” for us.
Prayer: God give me the humility and patience to seek understanding when I encounter perplexing people, both in the bible and in my life.