Settle my heart

I Samuel 13:11-12 “…Saul replied, ‘When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash…I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.'” (NIV)*

Firepit (photo by Patty Perkins)

Firepit (photo by Patty Perkins)

I so relate to Saul. He had good reason to take action. His troops were scattering, Samuel didn’t show up at the designated time, and the enemy was assembling. Every ounce of emotion had to be shouting, “Do something!”

But…he should have waited on God’s anointed to make the burnt offering. His heart was driven by fear and he felt compelled to take control. That’s what I so relate to.


Lord, settle my heart–

Replace fear with trust in you.

When I lose man’s approval

And troops scatter.

When circumstances loom large

And help doesn’t come.

Lord, settle my heart–

Replace fear with trust in you.

And help me…to wait.


by Patty Perkins


*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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