Daily Bible Reading
- Day 1: 1 Samuel 11:1-15
- Day 2: 1 Samuel 12:1-25
- Day 3: 1 Samuel 13:1-23
- Day 4: 1 Samuel 14:1-52
- Day 5: 1 Samuel 15:1-35
Group Bible Study
Week 28: 1 Samuel 13:5-14 (Saul’s Impatience and Disobedience)
- Read 1 Sam. 10:8. In this verse, what specific instructions did Saul receive from Samuel? How many days was Saul instructed to wait for Samuel?
- In today’s story, what circumstances caused Saul to grow impatient in waiting for Samuel? Do you think his impatience was logical? Why or why not? Why is it often hard for us to wait on the Lord?
- Saul waited for seven days, but he did not wait for Samuel’s arrival to offer sacrifices to the Lord. In God’s eyes, why is partial obedience the same as disobedience? In what ways can partial obedience be more dangerous than disobedience?
- What excuses did Saul give for what he had done? How did Samuel respond to Saul’s excuses? What were the consequences of Saul’s actions?
- Saul continued to struggle with issues of obedience. Read 1 Sam. 15:22-23. In these verses, what important life lesson did Samuel teach? How can we apply this life lesson in our lives today?
- Samuel told Saul that “the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart” to replace him as king. To whom was Samuel referring? We know David had his issues, but what does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart?
- Being transparent, do you consider yourself a person after God’s own heart? Why or why not? In what ways is obedience to God a matter of the heart?
- From what you know about God, what kinds of things are dear to His heart? What is one area of your life in which you need a change of heart to be more like God?
- Let’s pray for one another that we will be people after God’s own heart.