Acts 13:36 NIV - “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.
What greater compliment can you receive than that you have fulfilled God’s purpose for your life in your generation?
There’s a constant theme that weaves itself through 1 & 2 Samuel. It shows up again and again, in different people, different circumstances, and different methods. What we discover is that God is a God who restores.
In Their Own Eyes
The book of Samuel picks up where the book of Judges ends. It’s important to keep the events in Samuel in the context of where the nation was. It will help us better appreciate how far they came.
Judges 21:25 NLT - In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
This is the situation during the opening pages of 1 Samuel. It was chaos.
>>> As we flip the pages to the opening chapter of 1 Samuel, we find a woman who is broken and desperate.
1 Samuel 1:27–28 NLT - I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.
God restores a barren womb and delivers Samuel to help restore the nation of Israel back to a right relationship with God.
1 Samuel 7:2–4 NLT - The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time—twenty years in all. During that time all Israel mourned because it seemed the Lord had abandoned them. Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you want to return to the Lord with all your hearts, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Turn your hearts to the Lord and obey him alone; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the Lord.
God wants to restore your broken dreams too.
Just as the Ark of the Lord departed Israel for a time and returned, God’s presence is always coming back. It’s available to all who will turn to Him and worship Him alone—even in the chaos, even in the doubt, even in the frustration.
1 Samuel 12:20–22 NLT - “Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people.
The nation of Israel turned to a human king and yet, even Saul—the Lord’s anointed, couldn’t maintain his allegiance. So God determined to replace Saul with a man after God’s own heart who would do everything the Lord commands.
Acts 13:22 NLT - But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’
If you long to be restored, return again to the Lord and worship Him with all your heart.
We discovered what experience has already taught us, that the best of us are often the worst of us.
After David makes his biggest mistake by committing adultery and having her husband murdered on the front lines of battle, he takes Bathsheba as his wife and has another baby because the one conceived in sin dies. This child is named Solomon, who is regarded as the wisest man who ever lived. And it’s interesting to me that David’s greatest wisdom was born after his biggest failure.
1 Samuel 12: 24 NLT - The LORD loved the child 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the LORD”), as the LORD had commanded.
Listen, beloved, God wants you to be restored. He wants to breathe new life into the place you now call dead.
Following David’s sin, It looks like David’s legacy might come to a disastrous end. The man after God’s own heart might now be killed by his son as he grasps for David’s throne.
Reward is often disguised as responsibility.
Acts 13:23 NLT - “And it is one of King David’s descendants, Jesus, who is God’s promised Savior of Israel!
God is in the business of taken the pieces of your life and turning them into something extraordinary. Regardless of how many times you’ve messed up, God wants to restore to you the joy of your salvation. To finish the good work that He began in you.
During our walk through First and Second Samuel, we’ve seen and learned a lot. We’ve discovered a God who answers prayers, uses children, pursues His children, and uses people despite their weaknesses. Yet, there’s a constant theme that weaves itself through 1 & 2 Samuel. It shows up again and again, in different people, different circumstances, and different methods. What we discover is that God is a God who restores.