Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 8-10; 2 Corinthians 10
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 8:4-22
For many years, God knew that at some point the Israelites were going to want to anoint a king against His wishes (see Deuteronomy 17:14-21). In today’s key passage, we see this desire for a king finally came to fruition. The Israelites wanted to be more like their neighbors, and they wanted a king to call their own, so they came to Samuel and asked him to appoint one. Now Samuel was a man of God, and he knew God’s wishes. He knew that God was against the Israelites having any king over them other than God himself, so he took this request to God to ask for guidance. In response to his request, God provided Samuel with a warning to pass on to the Israelites about appointing a king. Samuel shared with the Israelites God’s warning about what would happen if they appointed themselves a king. God promised that the king would:
- Make the sons of the Israelites serve him either in the army or in working his land
- Make the daughters of the Israelites be perfumers and cooks for him
- Take the best of the fields, vineyards, and olive groves away from the Israelites
- Take a tenth of the Israelites grain
- Take the Israelites best servants, cattle, and donkeys and make them his own
- Take a tenth of the Israelites flocks
- Make the Israelites his slaves
Now, I do not know about you, but none of these things sound very attractive to me. Despite God’s warnings, however, the Israelites refused to listen and decided that they still wanted a king. The Israelites were simply being stubborn.
Most of us have a tendency to be stubborn at times. Sometimes this stubbornness can be a good thing, like when we refuse to quit a task despite its difficulties. More often than not, however, stubbornness can lead to many problems, and when we choose to be stubborn despite God’s warnings those problems are guaranteed. Like the Israelites, we will not have to guess when it comes to God’s warnings. Just as God made His warnings clear to them through Samuel, He makes His warnings clear to us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. We know what the Bible says about sin, yet we sometimes still choose to turn away from God and sin anyway. When the Holy Spirit convicts us that something we are doing, saying, or thinking is wrong, we sometimes still choose to do, say, or think those things anyway. Looking back on the Israelites choosing a king despite what God told them the king would do seems crazy to us, yet we continue to turn away from God despite the fact that His warnings against sin are far worse than just losing our possessions or our time. Join me today in asking God to take away our stubbornness towards Him. Join me in asking God to help us get rid of any “kings” we might want ruling over us other than Him. Do not choose to be stubborn despite God’s warnings. Choose instead to live in obedience to Him all the days of your life.
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Posted on April 10, 2013, in 09 - 1 Samuel and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Israelite, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Samuel, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.