Daily Devotion – June 7, 2018

1 Samuel 8:4-11

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.’

So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots;

Devotion by Julia shiver

The elders of Israel are not only rejecting Samuel, but are also rejecting God’s kinship over them.  They are tired of the status quo, even if it has been serving well.  They want something new and different.  Maybe they are looking for the security and stability they think having a king will bring them.

Samuel tries to warn them.  Be careful what you ask for!  Do you really know what you are getting by turning yourselves over to a king?  What happens when we try to put someone or something over our lives, instead of the God who knows us and loves us?  Have you given up God’s reign in your life in order to have perceived security and stability?

Dear God,  Please search my heart and help me know when I am not putting you first in my life.  Amen.


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