What is a good day?
We found the answer to that question in 1 Samuel 2:3-4. We read the first 4 verses for context:
1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 2 “There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength
And we found these 3 answers to that question,
What is a good day?
- A day full of our humility.
- A day full of God’s knowledge.
- A day full of God’s strength.
A day full of our humility
1 Samuel 2:3a Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth;
This is Hannah’s song that she sang as she gave her son, Samuel, to enter the priesthood. In it, she emphasizes that the tendency of the human heart is to speak proudly and arrogantly. She prays for no more of that. Hannah was mocked arrogantly for not being able to have a child, and now that she has had one, she wants to guard her heart against arrogance.
This is the foundation for our hearts as well. We are to mimic, and be enabled by the humility of Christ, each day. In asking for God’s help, it is the foundation for a day that will give God glory, and us great joy.
A day full of God’s knowledge
1 Samuel 2:3b for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed
God’s knows all things, and He gives that knowledge to us in the scriptures. Since God is omniscient, it is His knowledge that weighs and judges all things. God knows every thought we have. He knows every desire of our heart, what we have done, and what we will do.
As 2 Corinthians 1 says 12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with holiness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
The testimony and boast of the Christian is that we live by God’s knowledge. It is the hope that Hannah had, it is the hope we have, and it is the foundation for our days
A day full of God’s strength
1 Samuel 2:4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.
The mighty here are warriors, the bow is their weapon. The feeble are those who cannot defend themselves. The image is that God breaks those who trust in themselves, but those who trust God, He gives them strength. They put on the armor (bind on) the very strength of God Himself.
That was Hannah’s hope as she was helpless to have a child. And it is the hope of our days as well.
Big Picture Question: What is a good day
Truth: Our humility, strengthened by God’s knowledge, is the key to a good day
Application: Live knowing that God designs each one of your days to move you towards a humble strengthening from His word.
Action: Commit today to spend as much time in the scriptures this week as you do some other discipline/habit…exercise, watching movies, etc.