July 5, 2011 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Pastor William Kang, Gracepoint Davis

1 Samuel 8:10-19
Samuel tells the Israelites that their king, in short, will enslave them.   Even though Samuel explained what this king would do to the Israelites, they still insisted on having a king. Why? The reason that they still wanted a king was they wanted to be like other nations.  Even though Samuel told them what the king would do, they still thought that being led by a king who will fight their battles is worth the price of conscription of their sons and daughters.  I think they were fooled by the wonderful image of a king leading them into battle and they discounted the possibility and perhaps even the severity of conscription.

How is God different from the king that Samuel described? God is for the people.  As he writes in Jeremiah 29:11, he has a plan for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future.   God is for us whereas this king is for himself.  I would rather put my hands in a God I can’t see than a king that I can see.  I’d rather be with God and be different rather than be with a king and like the nations.

What aspects of my life can I commit to entrusting to God at this time? What I need to entrust to God is my children—their relational and spiritual welfare, their academics and their future.  What I need to entrust to God is the material things that I need in order to live and do ministry.  What I need to entrust to God is my time.  I can totally see myself making some mistakes by trying to pursue more time so that I can have time to take care of the items on my to-do list.

1 Samuel 8:7, 21-22

What lesson about God’s response to human persistence and sinfulness can be learned from this event?  What insight about the world and how God interacts with human decisions and events does this provide? What I can learn is that God is willing to lose when it comes to a love relationship his man.  Ultimately he gives us what we want.  What this means is that the world that we live—the bad things—are not as a result of God but about the sinfulness of man and man ultimately getting what he wants.

 

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