Daily D – 1 Samuel 3:19
1 Samuel 3:19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable. (NLT)
Who do you know who is trustworthy and true? Is this something people say about you?
This verse does not say, “Everything Samuel said seemed reliable.”
This verse does not say, “Everything Samuel said was mostly reliable.”
What does it say?
A well-known and highly regarded professor, author, and podcast host wrote a lengthy, really lengthy, article in a national publication. The subject matter was disturbing. The participation of this icon of intellect in this disturbing matter closed the book on his welcome to speak into my life. I will not read his books. I will not listen to his podcast. I will not allow him to shape my thinking.
You have likely closed the door to certain influential people for similar reasons.
Who are among those few you always listen to and always trust?
Samuel was trustworthy and true. He did not merely seem reliable, he was reliable. He was probably not the kind of guy you wanted to hang around if you lived an undisciplined life. He was probably not good company if you indulged in gossip or conspiracy theories. It would be fun, however, to have him visit our age for a few days.
Now and again, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas makes a public statement. The name of this entity tells us they want to be taken seriously. How seriously you take them probably depends on how long you are out of electricity during a winter storm.
How seriously should people take you and me?
Here’s an opportunity for us to distinguish ourselves from the crowd. Become trustworthy and true. Speak the truth in love about all things. Do it all the time. If you don’t know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, take a lock. In other words, if you don’t know, don’t talk. There are worse things than remaining silent when everyone else is chattering away.
My coworker Becky and our friend and local church staff member Elliott and I are traveling to meet new friends today. We will work with these leaders over the next two years in a series of retreats and Zoom cohort meetings. Our effectiveness in serving these leaders will depend on whether we are trustworthy and true. If you have a little extra prayer time today, please include this request alongside your own.
The old song says this old world needs love, sweet love. It also needs trustworthy and true people like you for God to love this world through.
I will speak the truth in love.
Our Father, make us trustworthy and true. Make us more like you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.