In sports sometimes a player may experience a ‘second-year slump’. In their first year they are miracle workers, they score game winning goals, and take their team to the championship. In short, they perform like seasoned veterans. Expectations run high for their second tour of duty and they flop. Saul led Israel admirably in his first official battle as king, but in this second encounter, he flops. Badly. It isn’t that God has changed, it’s just that Saul forgot where he got his strength and success.
Study Questions: 1 Samuel 13
- Read 1 Samuel 13:1-7a. Describe in your own words what happened.
- Recall a time when you felt like you were in ‘over your head’?
- Read 13:7b -15. Why did Samuel react so strongly to Saul offering the sacrifices?
- Discuss among the group what you understand God has called you to do and what God has NOT called you to do.
- Read 13:16-22. What is the significance of there being ‘no blacksmith’s in the land’? If the evil one was going to try to render you powerless, how might he do it?