The desire for a King!

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

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!  It was the latest fad!  But God already knew this would happen and told Moses about it 400 plus years earlier! (Deuteronomy 16:14-20)  God knew man’s deepest need was a relationship Him.  He is working to bring about His purposes and sometimes lets us have what we want in order to give us what we 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 to prophesy. (1st Samuel 10:1, 9-11)  Samuel introduced him to the nation and the people shouted,  “Long live the king!”  But this first king would soon fail to obey and honor the Lord and fall under God’s judgment.  The people would suffer under his leadership!  Human “kings” almost always give us trouble and grief.  There is only One who rightfully can be the King in our life–Jesus Christ the Lord!

Today, if you don’t have a King, please ask the Lord to be your King!  God will hear the cry of your heart.  Confess to Him your sin and renounce any 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 as King of Kings!  Only those who make Him their King by faith will be ready to welcome Him!

“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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