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Give me a King!

Scripture reading for March 18: 1st Samuel 8-12

1Samuel 8:5,7 “. . .and they said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” . . .”and the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.”

Although they already had God as King, the Israelites had demanded a king like the other nations.  (1st Samuel 8:4-5) God already knew this would happen.  He had told Moses about it! (Deuteronomy 16:14-20)  God knows man’s deepest need is for a relationship Him.  To help us know Him, He sometimes lets us have what we want in order to help us learn 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!”  But 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 would soon fail to obey and honor the Lord and fall under God’s judgment.  The people would suffer under his leadership! He would not deliver them from their enemies.

Tomorrow happens to be my 77th birthday.  I lived for a few years without a King!  As a early teen I invited the King Jesus 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.  He let me have what I initially wanted, success in farming, to show me that it did not satisfy.  My birthday request is that my family would all willingly serve Jesus.  A further request would be that all my friends and neighbors would also know this King as Lord, Savior, and Friend! Jesus is patiently waiting for all to acknowledge Him as Lord and King! He meets our deepest need eternally!

“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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