“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:6-7
Samuel had aged in years and his sons were not walking in his ways. The people were demanding a king just like the surrounding nations. It seems at times people want what someone else has instead of being content with what they have been given. They had the God of the universe as their King. You can clearly see that they rejected Him. But God being the perfect One that He is said, let them have what they want.
One of the morsels that I want to take away from our verses today is that when I go in God’s name to do His work, the people are not rejecting me, they are rejecting Him. I tend to take things personally and feel like everything that happens is my fault somehow. How ridiculous of me. I am not in control. How can everything possibly be my fault? People choose their own way in life. I am not responsible for others’ choices. Only my own.
It’s easy to sit back and say, “What’s wrong with those people? They’ve seen what God has done for them. Why would they want anyone else to reign over them?” What about you friend? How have you rejected God as King in your life? Has He called you to something incredulous and you aren’t believing He will come through? Do you go to someone else in your life when you have crisis or triumph? One wise preacher said, “Wherever you spend your time, talent and money, that’s where your heart is. Just look at your checkbook and that will tell you where it is.” Ouch, that one still has sting to it.
God had brought them out of Egypt and over and again they had strayed from His commands. Each time I would imagine was a blow to the Holy One. He longs for us to be right with Him, meaning He is first in everything. He knows that this is for our ultimate good since He created us and knows every single hair on our heads. But we stray. We go our own way. He clearly says left and we veer right and wonder why we have run into so many problems.
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus! Don’t reject Him as King! Walk this way with Him! The peace and blessings are incomparable. It is oft the road less traveled my friend. There may be twists and turns up ahead. But walking with Jesus through them makes your faith stronger and boosts your confidence in your calling. You will never go wrong with Jesus as King of your life. Never.
Who is the King of your heart? Your kids? Your husband? Your job? Your parents? Your friends? Your Pastor? Your Sunday School teacher? Who have you made king? Have you asked God for someone else to govern over your life but Him? Maybe that wasn’t your intention but it happened anyway. God goes on in this Chapter to tell Samuel to warn the people about this king they have asked for. I would say He is sending a warning to you today about who is king in your life.
It’s so simple to ask Him to be back on the throne of your heart where He belongs. Just talk to Him. He is approachable. Seek His forgiveness and ask Him now to guide your steps. Our days are numbered. When your number comes up, there will be no more time to make things right. Please don’t let any more time pass. You won’t regret a single moment of Jesus being the King of your heart. Your circumstances may change and get sticky but God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never fail you.
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