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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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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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The Thunder and Rain

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

Does God ever get sad at the behavior of His people?  Does God ever cry?  Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus and cried out in mourning over Jerusalem as he entered it during Passover week.  We know that God’s heart is full of love for His people and He is sad when they reject Him and His love.

Samuel had faithfully led the people of God for many years.  He had tried to set his sons over them, but the sons were not of the same character as Samuel and the people cried out for a king like the other nations.  (1st Samuel 8:5-7)  God told Samuel that it was not him they were rejecting, but God Himself!  He instructed Samuel to give them what they wanted!

The search for a king went forth under God’s direction and the story of how Saul was chosen is an interesting one.  Saul was out looking for lost donkeys and decided to go to Samuel for wisdom.  God had spoken to Samuel a day earlier that a man from Benjamin would approach him and that was the man to anoint as king.  (1st Samuel 9:15-16)  I find it amusing that the man looking for lost donkeys was placed by God over a bunch of lost “sheep”!  Samuel told him that his donkey’s had been found and now he had a new job of leading the people of Israel!

As a final act after confirming Saul as king, Samuel confronted the people concerning their wicked request for a king.  He pointed out that they had a King in the Lord and had rejected Him.  Samuel warned them not to turn away from the Lord but to serve Him with all their hearts.  The king and people would be shown the seriousness of their ways by a special sign during the normally dry season of wheat harvest.  As Samuel called upon the Lord, He sent thunder and rain upon the land and the people stood in awe of Samuel and the Lord!  (1st Samuel 12:15-18)

This thunder and rain reminds me of God’s heart of weeping over His people when they sinned or rejected Him.  Jesus wept over Jerusalem as He entered it on Palm Sunday!  They missed the time of their King’s coming!  (Luke 19:41-44)  Would that we would remain true to our King and serve Him wholeheartedly!

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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!  But they wanted a king like the other nations.  It was the latest fad!  They wanted a king they could see and follow.  God already knew this would happen.  He told Moses about it! (Deuteronomy 16:14-20)  God knows man’s deepest need is for a relationship Him.  He is always jealously working to bring about His purposes and 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)  He chose one who looked the part.  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 the real King more than ever!  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!  We must be careful what we ask God for! Human “kings” almost always give us trouble and grief.

Today happens to be my 62nd birthday.  I lived for a few years without a King!  Then I invited the King to rule my life, but did not really let Him have complete say over everything.  I am thankful that my King was patient with me and compassionate towards me.  He drew me with His love and mercy.  I surrendered my life to Him and am so blessed!  My birthday request is that my family would all live under my King.  A further desire would be that all I have had the privilege of knowing and contacting would also know this King as Lord, Savior, and Friend!

Today, if you don’t have a King, please ask the Lord to be your King!  God hears the cry of your heart.  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 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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