We want a King!

Scripture reading for March 19: 1st Samuel 9-12

In yesterday’s reading, the Israelites had demanded a king like the other nations.  (1st Samuel 8:4-5)  God’s people already had a King with the Lord!  They wanted a king they could see and follow.  God knew this and  He told Moses about it! (Deuteronomy 16:14-20)  He sometimes lets us have what we want in order to give us what we really need.

God chose Saul, a person who stood above all the others, as Israel’s first king. (1st Samuel 10:23-24)  As Samuel anointed him, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul and he began prophesying. (1st Samuel 10:1, 9-11)  Samuel introduced him to the nation and the people shouted,  “Long live the king!”  This king would not satisfy the people’s need, but would help them to learn that they needed their real King more than ever!  This first king soon failed to obey and honor the Lord and fell under God’s judgment.  The people would suffer under his leadership!

Today happens to be my 65th birthday.  I lived for a few years for myself, then I invited Jesus Christ into my life.   I am thankful that my King was patient with me and compassionate towards me.  He drew me with His love and mercy.  I finally surrendered my life to Him and am still learning!  My birthday request is that my family would know Jesus as Lord.  A further desire would be that all I have had the privilege of knowing would also know this King as Lord, Savior, and Friend!

Today please ask Jesus to be your King!  Confess to Him your sin and renounce any other idols in your life.  Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and the only sacrifice for sin.  He died for our sins and rose again from the dead!  He is coming back soon as King of Kings!

“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.”  That is the word of faith that we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth,”Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and with your mouth  that you confess and are saved. Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-11)

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