“But when you saw that Nahash King of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule over us’ – even though the Lord your God was your king.” 1 Samuel 12:12.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 11-12, 1 Chronicles 1-2, and 2 Corinthians 11.
Having a heavenly King wasn’t enough!
Samuel is frustrated with the Israelites and well he should be.
They want someone other than God to be ruling them. Why? God’s rules were strict, and judgment was severe. Maybe an earthly king, they thought, would be less demanding.
Why do we follow in their footsteps? We stray from The God and turn our allegiances to other gods of our own creation. And then we wonder why our lives are so troubled!
God is not mocked. He knows where our hearts are. Instinctively we want to have things go our way on our terms. We want to run our own lives and Satan whispers to us that this is the best way.
My life must be totally committed to doing what God wants. I must seek Him desperately and beg for His nearness. “Earthly” kings will not get me where I need to be. I cannot place my security in their hands because their hands are made of clay. They will abandon me. They will let me down. Their attractiveness is only for a season.
I must be alert to the ascension of lesser gods in my life. When I worry, it is because a lesser god is being challenged. The God is always up to the task. The God will never leave me. I can, and must, rely solely on Him in all things.
I marvel that the Israelites would not see the folly of putting their hopes in an earthly king. Of course, in our day, many are just as foolish as they put their trust in our leaders, or the opposition leaders, or our government……….sinking sand of the highest order! In God we must trust.
“Lord, forgive me for giving power to lesser gods. You are The God, the One and only God. In You I trust. Prick my conscience when my allegiance is being drawn away from You. I don’t want that. I want You in charge. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Are you trusting in God?