May 16, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:10-18

May 16, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:10-18

10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

Samuel confronts the Israelites with the truth of the reign of an earthly king. Such a king will use the Israelites for his personal gain. He will enslave the Israelites. He will take from the Israelites. And then Samuel prophesizes in verse 18: “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

Very strong words of warning that yet again go unheeded by the Israelites. I know what God wants for me but there are times when I want my way. These times generally do not go well for me. I must repent and turn from my own desires. Do you find yourself wanting your own way when God’s way would be so much better? Ponder that thought today as you go about your business. Wait on the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I know I am not good at waiting.  I never have been good at waiting on things to happen.  I always seem to want things to be on my schedule.  I guess most people are that way, but I know Your timing is always best.  How is it that even when I know what is best, I’m not willing to wait on it.  I wish I could say I get better at that as I get older, but I know the truth.  Help me be willing to work on Your time schedule and not demand my own.  My heart wants what You want, but I have to admit my brain doesn’t always go along with my heart.  Help me not just KNOW what You want, but giving me willingness and strength to wait on what is best.  Thank You for Your patience with me.  You are an amazing Father.

In Jesus’ name.


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