Creating Our Own Storms
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 11,12; 1 Chronicles 1; 2 Corinthians 11
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 12:12-25
After serving Israel for years as a judge, Samuel made a farewell speech to the Israelites. In it, Samuel affirmed in the minds of the Israelites that he was trustworthy. He reminded them of their history and pointed out their wrongs against God. He also reminded them that it was their idea to appoint a king over Israel against God’s clear instructions. Once the stage was set, Samuel then said, “‘Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king.’ Then Samuel called upon the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the LORD and of Samuel.” (Vs. 16-18)
To fully understand this passage, it is important to point out a few things about Israel at this time. This event took place during the wheat harvest, which was near the end of the dry season in Israel during May and June. During the dry season, rain was a rarity, so having a thunderstorm at this time was considered a miracle. Unlike most “good” miracles, however, a thunderstorm during this time of the year could have been disastrous for the Israelites. Any amount of rain during the wheat harvest could damage the crops and cause them to rot. With this historical information in place, we can now see that this thunderstorm clearly illustrated God’s anger with Israel over asking for a king. If they had never asked for a king, they would have never had to face that storm.
Sometimes the storms we face in life are created by our own actions. If we fail to work hard at our jobs, we might find ourselves unemployed. If we fail to treat our spouse the way we should, we might find ourselves with relationship problems. Understand that not all of the trials we face are caused by our own actions. Many times our periods of distress will have nothing to do with what we did and will instead be caused by the evil present in this world. It is still important to note, however, that when we go against God, He will sometimes send us storms as a way of correcting us. For this reason, anytime we face a storm it is important that our first step is to search our hearts for any unconfessed sin. If we discover sin in our lives, our natural reaction as humans might be to try to hide from God. Samuel offers a much better solution in verse 20 – “‘Do not be afraid,’ Samuel replied. ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.'” When we discover that we have created our own storm, we must take that opportunity to press in closer to God instead of turning away from Him. After all, God is the only one that can save us from the storms, even if we have created them ourselves. If you have found that you are in the midst of a storm that you have created, find comfort in Samuel’s words in verse 22 when he says, “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.” If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are one of His people. You are one of His children. He alone will not reject you. He alone will calm the storm.
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