Chapters thirteen through thirty-one of 1 Samuel can teach Christians a great deal about how they should think, act, and worship. In 1 Samuel 14:14, Jonathon and his armor-bearer kill twenty Philistines and throw the entire Philistine camp into a panic. Under any circumstance this is an incredible feat, but what makes this passage particularly interesting is that before going to kill the Philistines, Jonathon asked God if he and his armor-bearer would be able to kill them all. Presumably, then, he was not certain that they would be able to kill them all. After God said that they would be able to kill all of the Philistines, however, they went up without a qualm and killed them without even receiving any injuries worth mentioning. This passage shows Christians today that all things are possible with God; if God gives a sign to someone that he is with them, that person should do what they believe they are called to do without fear. They can be confident that God is with them.
In 1 Samuel 15:31, Samuel has just told Saul that God has rejected him as king over Israel. Despite this, Saul worships the Lord. This shows Christians today that it is important to worship God in all circumstances, even when things are difficult. This is something that is difficult for many Christians to remember, but it is necessary because God is always worthy of praise.
Chapter seventeen tells the story of David’s battle with Goliath. Despite the fact that no one believes that he can kill Goliath, David knows that he can because God is with him. He feels called to go up against Goliath since no one else will. Christians today also sometimes feel that God is asking for the impossible. Despite this, it is important to always follow God’s command and to remember that he is with us. This chapter is an important reminder that with God all things are possible.
1 Samuel 24 tells the story of David cutting off a piece of Saul’s cloak after Saul goes into the cave to relieve himself. Verse five states that David was “stricken to the heart,” as what he did was a symbol of usurping Saul’s kingdom. This phrase has a huge impact on how David’s relationship with Saul can be viewed. Despite the fact that Saul has been chasing after David for months in an attempt to kill him, David still feels terrible for what he has done. It should be clear to Christians, then, that it is not right to hurt someone else, no matter what the other person has done to them in the past. Linked with this message is the lesson taught in 1 Samuel 24:6. In this verse, David says that it would be wrong to harm Saul because he is God’s anointed one. This suggests that Christians are to obey their government because God appoints it. In verse eight, David goes after Saul in order to bow before him and show the respect that is due to the Lord’s anointed. Even when the government is doing something that does not seem right, as when Saul tried to kill David, Christians are still called to be obedient and respectful to it.
In 1 Samuel 25, David asks Nabal to give some food to him and his men. He refuses, and it is only Abigail’s swift action that prevents the death of all of the males in their household. When David requested help from Nabal, Nabal should have been courteous and given it. In the end, Nabal dies and Abigail becomes David’s wife. In David’s eyes, this is a clear case of God giving justice: not only does Nabal die, but David also takes over his household. Christians today can read this as an example of what happens when unkindness is shown. It also teaches that Christians are to give things to those who are in need and to those who ask for help.