Daily Devotion – June 8, 2018

1 Samuel 8:16-20

He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’

But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.’


Reflection by Duke Yaguchi


This scripture is a continuation of yesterday’s. Reread yesterday’s devotion for the context.

Here Samuel has continued to plead to the people of Israel to follow God and warns them that if they put too much faith in a human king, that king will take advantage of them. But the masses want to be like other nations. If it’s good enough for Egypt, it is good enough for them.

Samuel warns them that if their king turns against the people, God will not be there to save them, since they have turned their backs on God.

Thousands of years ago, people were placing too much faith in their “elected” leaders hoping they would “fight our battles”. In some ways, humankind hasn’t progressed much. Don’t we still elect leaders hoping they will fix everything for us?

Perhaps we all need to listen to Samuel’s warnings and back God, instead of turning our backs on God.



Dear God. We moan and groan and wonder why our government doesn’t fix everything. Help us learn that the first step is to pray for guidance from you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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