Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 1 Samuel 14:23-24 (3.22 Wednesday)
The matter of speech has been much on my mind since my son turned 6 months of so. Not only can his little brain start to pick up vocal, but tone as well! He is learning from he way I talk all day long. For this reason, my husband and I gave up negative speech for Lent; we discovered it’s quite an uphill battle. Here we sit, surrounded by God’s good blessings all day long, and in a second we can zero in on the two things that remain challenging. And then that’s the thing that comes out of our mouths. No one likes to say they relate to Saul (probably?)(Perhaps, “I’m so tall and good looking!”), but I admit, I do here. In verse 23 we have a definitive summation of a successful battle… later in the chapter, a historical account of Saul’s many victories. But in verse 24, for no reason that I can parse out, Saul makes a crazy oath: that no one in Israel should eat until vengeance is complete. So selfish, so short-sighted, so quickly spoken! The rest of the chapter we see that his oath directly affects his own son, one of the most recent heroes of Israel!
For Reflection: Do you ever speak too quickly?
Read 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (3.23 Thursday)
This has long been a favorite speech of the Giacalone family, lovers of storytelling and dram that we are. This Lent, it strikes me as a great way to talk when facing trials. The first thing I notice is that the challenge is not glossed over, David opens by acknowledging that he is facing real weapons: he lists three, as though Goliath is a Swiss Army knife standing before him with a dozen pointy ends and ways to die. But in the same breath, David declares that he’s no lamb sent out for his slaughter, he has the Lord on his side! And this is stronger than any enormous, weapon-clad cursing oaf. I am not often (or ever)(thankfully) in real battle, only metaphorical, so I don’t get to dwell on what animals will feast on the carcass of my enemies, but there’s something that seems holy about even this. David invites God’s good creation to respond to God’s victory. Because it isn’t about him. Which brings David to the point: the battle is the Lord’s. God does all our fighting. Saying that, aloud, frequently, in my one, is something that I want my son to hear.
For Reflection: Where do you get your confidence? How is it reflected in the way you talk?
Reflections written by Amy Giacalone