1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
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Focus Verses: 1 Samuel 10:17-19, 25
17 Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the LORD at Mizpah 18and
said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I
brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of
Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.' 19 But
you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your
calamities and distresses. And you have said, 'No, set a king over us.'
So now present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and clans." - - - 25 Samuel
explained to the people the regulations of the kingship. He wrote them
down on a scroll and deposited it before the LORD. Then Samuel dismissed
the people, each to his own home.
than seeking God or listening to Samuel, the people were sure they
needed a king. They thought that would make them like other nations and
fix everything. They imagined a king who would fight their battles and
solve their problems. They were unwilling to heed any warning of how a
king could actually make their life worse. And since they would not
listen, God gave them what they wanted (see also 1 Samuel 8:19-22).
Response and Action:
many times do I look to something or someone other than God to solve my
problems? It is so tempting to imagine that going along with the ways
of the world might make my life better, easier, or safer. But my faith
is in the Lord, not in the ways of the world, and not in the delusions
of my heart and mind!
While I clearly have the freedom
to reject God and his guidance, such rejection is never the way faith in
Christ will let me go. I want God's way. I understand that getting my
own way may not be what is best for me. My way may actually lead me away
from what I truly need and want. That's why I will be careful to seek
God with my whole heart and look to him for the direction I need.
God, help me to keep my eyes on you. Help me to not envy the wicked or
put my faith in the ways of man. Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God, my savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Through
Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Psalm 25:4-5
4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With God
by Dallas Willard