9-30-19 Today’s devotion is based on 1 Samuel 8:5-9. “They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them, but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights."
The priesthood had failed in their governance of the people of Israel. Self-enrichment and power was the name of the game. The people through their elders needed a change, so they demanded a new government, one that was like all their neighbors. Samuel was not happy with the request because he knew that it was a rejection of God’s management and care of the people. God told him that was nothing new for that is what they have done since he brought them out of Egypt.
As I read this I wondered what does God do with us when we call his management of the world out of style and search for new governance? He lets us have what we want but still never leaves us just like he never left Israel in their bad decision making! We have His assurance. Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things thank you, Lord, for never deserting us when we have decided that your way is not right. Help me to trust your Word for guidance. Than you for staying with me when I make wrong decisions. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.