Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.1

1 Samuel 25.1
Then Samuel died; and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him, and buried him at his house in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

This is a sad note to begin a new chapter – Samuel dies.  Life is short.  We are not promised 70 years or even tomorrow.  So, what will we do with our days that God has given us? 

Samuel lived a full and meaningful life.  He wasn’t perfect, but lived many years being a blessing to Israel.  Samuel was the last of the judges.  He was a reformer and restorer of the theocracy in Israel.  The covenant nation owed much to him and this is why they mourned his death so greatly.  Now David’s mentor is gone. 

Samuel was a blessing.  You and I were created to spend our days being the same.  In Genesis 12, God told Abraham, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing” (12.2).  Samuel had been blessed by God with knowing God personally having “a faith” full of “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11.1).  By this faith “men of old gained approval” (Hebrews 11.1).  Samuel “by faith…performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises” (Hebrews 11.32-33).  So, he was blessed by God with knowing God by grace through faith and then as a result he was a blessing by spreading the name and glory of God to others, namely the people of Israel and to the nations.

With the great witness of Samuel we are to be a blessing to others.  We like Samuel are to declare the name and glory of God through our life.  We do this by holding out the gospel (1 Peter 3.15).  This is how we are to spend our days, weeks, months and years.     

As those who are blessed and are blessing to others as Samuel was we know that it is not death to die.  Samuel was ushered into the presence of God and those in Christ will be as well.  So, do not be afraid of death for Paul says, “Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.54-57).  So, live without fear heeding what Paul says as we seek to be a blessing: “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15.58).  

Weekly Memory Verse: Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16.24