1 Samuel 12:1-6, 19-25
Three positive checkmarks and one question mark as we evaluate Samuel's life:
1st checkmark: Samuel called the people to put away foreign gods and to follow Yahweh wholeheartedly (1 Samuel 7:2-6).
2nd checkmark: Samuel was a person who led with personal integrity (1 Samuel 12:3-5); he didn't use his authority for his own personal gain.
3rd checkmark: Samuel taught the people and prayed for them (1 Samuel 12:23).
Question mark: Why did Samuel appoint his sons as Israel's leaders if he knew that they were unjust and greedy? Notice the fact that his sons turned away from God does not imply that Samuel was somehow a bad parent. This question asks why he appointed people who were bad leaders.
Questions for personal reflection:
1. Are we wholehearted in our devotion to Jesus?
2. Are we calling our friends and neighbors to be wholeheartedly devoted to God?
3. Are we living with personal integrity with those around us?
4. Are we praying for each other and for the people around us, and are we teaching them?