Digging in Deeper: 1 Samuel 8:4-5

“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, ‘Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways.  Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

These two verses mark the end of the era of the judges in the history of Israel and the beginning of the era of the monarchy. This is both a sad and an interesting transition. It gives us an object lesson in how God can use our failings and still accomplish His plans in spite of them. In fact, He can even incorporate our failures into His plans such that it appears later they were always part of them even though they weren’t. Let’s look at how this is. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.  (ESV – Read the chapter)

This is a verse that is often misunderstood and misapplied.  For starters, Paul is not somehow outlawing anger here.  Sometimes believers let themselves be convinced that negative emotions of any kind are not appropriate for believers to experience.  This is far from the truth.  A quick look at the Scriptures reveals this to be the case rather conclusively.  Our God is a passionate God who experiences a full range of emotions.  Jesus in particular experienced loss, hurt, anger, rejection, and so on. Read the rest…