May 15, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:1-9

May 15, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:1-9

When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and 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.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LordAnd 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. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

Here we see the Israelites asking God for a king. This is not going to go well as God knows that the Israelites are not rejecting Samuel; they are once again rejecting God. The Israelites once again want to be like the other nations even though God has warned them of the consequences.

God calls us to be holy which means to be set apart, different than those who do not know God. How can you be set apart today? Think about the music you listen to, the movies you view, the books you read. Are you truly “set apart”?

Heavenly Father, I want to be a woman after Your heart.  I know I struggle daily with the desires of my own heart.  Help me be the woman You created me to be.  Help me want what You want.  Help me work to bring myself to do the things You created me to do.  Help my desires not be of the world, but of Your plan.  I don’t want to be like those in history who always demand their own way.  Take me and use me to bring about Your plan.

In Jesus’ name.



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