Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 7-8
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” - 1 Samuel 8:4-7
A right motive led to a wrong conclusion because the people of Israel didn’t really know what they wanted. The people were disgusted with the sons of Samuel and they wanted another Samuel but all they knew was a king because kings lead nations in battle. They didn’t know what they wanted because all along they had rejected the King yet it was Samuel who had the eye and the ear of the Lord. It is never a good idea to reject the King because you will become blinded by misconception and deceit and ignore the truth. Sound familiar? Samuel told the people exactly what God had told him about the outcome of an appointed king and they ignored him because they thought they were right. They didn’t care. They didn’t believe. We want a king, they said, because kings win military battles. Too bad Isaiah didn’t write 300 years earlier and declare the thoughts and ways of God are higher than ours. And the Lord said give them a king. Even if we didn’t know the rest of the story we could probably predict how this is going to turn out. They were warned but they did not listen. They didn’t listen to their history and they didn’t listen to their leader. A leader by the way who led them for years in what would be declared years of prosperity. The people of Israel did not know a good thing when they had it and let misconception and popularity guide their decision making. We have all of history and the Biblical record to guide us. Rejecting the King for the sake of human satisfaction is never, ever a good thing. The present history we are writing proves it. We don’t need a king. We have a King.
Heavenly Father, your thoughts and ways are higher and better than our thoughts and ways and we confess we have tried to prove you wrong. Please forgive us for listening to the masses and ignoring the King we have for the sake of popularity. May we hold onto the truth of your words no matter how contrary they are to what we want to do. Give us strength to reject the deception of the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.