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Daily reading: 19 June

Something to read

I regret that I made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me, and has not carried out my commands.

1 Samuel 15:11 from full reading 1 Samuel 15:10-23

Something to think about

There's an old hymn which has the chorus: ‘Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey’.

I have a tendency to question the veracity of those words – can it be true that in order for me to be blessed in the Christian life, all I have to do is simply to trust God and obey His Word?

Trust and obedience is at the heart of why Saul was rejected as king over Israel – he trusted in his own ways and disobeyed a direct command from God.

Do you recall the encounter between the Pharisees and Jesus in which one of them asks Jesus: ‘Which is the greatest commandment?’ Jesus responds by not just giving the great commandment, but by also giving its necessary partner – the second commandment. So, it is a direct command of the Lord Jesus that we worship and secondarily, with no less seriousness, love our neighbour.

Saul is an example of how not to trust and obey. How will you trust and obey today?

Something to do

Pick a country where Christian Aid has partners The least familiar the work there is to you the better. Get to know one of the stories of an individual in that country and during the day reflect on how you might be a good neighbour to them.

Something to pray

Lord of life,
thank you that your love
for people is unconditional.
Teach me to be a better neighbour
to those near and far away.
Amen.

Today’s contributor is Moses Tumukunde Tutesigensi, who was training to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Wales at time of writing. He has been a keen supporter of Christian Aid for a number of years including as an intern in the Wales team.