Mary Selzer

Day Seven – Follow Hannah’s model

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:13-18, 1 Samuel 2:1-11, Romans 12:17 Hannah is to be commended for her response to Eli. She could have retaliated and called him a gluttonous, overweight poor excuse of a father and priest. Who would blame her if she did? Instead, she held her tongue. When we become the target of false accusations, we may be[…]

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Day Six – Take the high road

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:17, Romans 12:18 Eli’s impulsive words were hurtful and accusatory. Scripture doesn’t indicate that he ever apologized for judging Hannah so quickly. But, he did redeem himself by speaking this blessing: “May the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him.” Funny thing about human nature. Hurtful words slip out so quickly, but[…]

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Day Five – Hearsay is not allowed

Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 19:11; Philippians 4:8 Another problem with not judging accurately is that we may take on the other person’s offense because we are biased toward them. We aren’t responding based on fact. We’re responding based on who we want to win, regardless of the facts. Several years ago, I accompanied a friend who had to appear in court[…]

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Day Four – Judging or judgmental?

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:10-15; Matthew 7:1, 1 Corinthians 11:13, 12:10 When the Bible instructs us to judge (see 1 Cor. 11:13, for example), we are to make a distinction, divide, separate, or come to a decision. This use of the word “judge” is synonymous with the word “discern”—as found in 1 Cor. 12:10, where Paul instructs us to distinguish[…]

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Day Three – Wash your hands

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22-25, 3:11-13, Matthew 7:3-4 There is a law called the Clean Hands Doctrine that states a person bringing a petition or lawsuit to court must be free from unfair conduct. In other words, that person must come to court with clean hands. Otherwise, his lawsuit against the other person will not be considered because he[…]

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Day Two – Rise to the occasion

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:9; Proverbs 18:13 Whenever scripture gives specific details, we need to stop and pay attention. In 1 Samuel 1:9 we read that Hannah stood up after eating and drinking; however, Eli remained seated by the doorpost. This is significant. Eli’s vision was limited so he could not see from Hannah’s standpoint. If he had simply stood[…]

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Day One – Making Assumptions

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-18, 1 Samuel 16:7 Eli’s question to Hannah—How long will you keep on getting drunk?—was quite assuming. He obviously had come to a conclusion without knowing all the facts. Not only did he accuse her of being drunk. He accused her of continually being drunk, implying that this was an on-going problem. Before casting judgment on[…]

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