I Samuel 12:1-13:23 / John 7:1-29 / Psalm 108:1-13 / Proverbs 15:4

Standout Verse:

1 Samuel 12:12

"And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me(Samuel), 'No, but a king shall reign over us,' when the Lord you God was your king."

This is the moment in history where we see Gods people ask for an earthly king to rule over them and to protect them. They were greatly afraid of their enemies and felt that they needed an earthy figure - a king to lead them. God gave them what they asked for, but this was never His “A-Plan” for His people. He was their God and King. Their job was to listen to Him, trust Him and obey Him.

The people were basically saying that God wasn't doing a good enough job and that they'd feel better if they had someone they could see call the shots.  Instead of crying out to God in their time of need they cried out to man for help. Instead of humbling themselves before God, who had lead them into so many victories in the past they ask for a new leader.

Sometimes we find ourselves facing tough situations (just like the Israelites) and we look around to see who can save us. Yes, God uses people to care for one another, but we are never meant to elevate our faith and hope in people higher than the place God is meant to hold in our lives.

Our “knee jerk” reaction to adversity must be crying out to God, affirming in our hearts that He is our King and that He knows what's going on and will work everything for good for those who love Him.

He is our Good, Faithful King.  He can be trusted and no man is to ever take His place on the throne of our lives.

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