Week beginning: 17th November, 2013

By James Brightwell | London

"Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the LORD…"

1 Samuel 10:25 (ESV)

In the face of Israel's disobedience in asking for an earthly king, so that it could be like the other nations (1 Sam 8:19-20), the Lord gave it what it asked for in the form of Saul. Keeping the covenant with Abraham, He told his people how to stay obedient despite their having turned away.

It is easy to lose sight of God's word when dealing with the ebb and flow of litigation, or the highs and lows of building up and maintaining a legal practice. These things can be all-consuming and induce many emotions, distracting us from the call to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matt 6:19-20). As fallen individuals, we will inevitably fall short of God's desire for us in our professional lives just as in other parts of our lives.

One way to remember God's word is to realise that our legal successes and concerns are not what is ultimately important and that we are subject to God's law. It is He who equips us that we may do His will, and we are entirely dependent on Him, even when we forget that we are.

Prayer points:

1. Pray for an identity centered on Jesus, not on professional reputation.

2. Pray for Christian lawyers practicing in places where they are liable to be persecuted for their faith, and that they may work with integrity.