May 21 – “I Want”
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 8:1-10:8 / John 12:12-36 / Psalms 65:1-13
Samuel faced a dilemma as the elders of Israel asked him to appoint a king. Samuel’s sons were not capable or qualified to rule in his place as they were dishonest and perverted justice. This displeased Samuel and took their demand as a personal rejection. God informed Samuel that they were not rejecting him but they were rejecting God.
Israel’s desire was to be like other nations and have a king rule over them. It wasn’t the incapability of Samuel or his sons but the authority of God Israel wanted to replace. They wanted a king to lead them, go before them and someone to fight for them. They didn’t know what they were asking for…or maybe they did.
Samuel told them a king would not bring security to the nation but turmoil. A king would demand their sons to serve in his army or work his fields. Their daughters, their personal servants, the best of their flocks, herds and land would be taken for his own use. They would cry out to God for deliverance but God would not answer and they would continue to live under his domain.
Even after Samuel’s words, Israel still cried out for a king. It has been said, “Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it.” How many times do we ask for or desire something that will eventually destroy us? We ignore wisdom, counsel and press on down a pathway of destruction.
We must never disdain the direction of God in our lives. Sometimes we may feel God doesn’t move fast enough, often enough or powerfully enough. Deception shades our perspective as we view the ungodly as prosperous. May we never fall into a trap like Israel, desiring what the world has while minimizing and rejecting the faithful and eternal work of God in our lives. Be careful what you ask for, you may not like what you get!