1 Samuel 10:1-11:15 John 6:43-71 Psalm 107:1-43 Proverbs 15:1-3
Verse of the day:
But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.” (1 Samuel 10:19)
God had been leading the children of Israel. He was their King. He had been with them. He led them out of slavery in Egypt, He provided for them in the wilderness and He defeated their enemies. What a slap in the face of God it must have been when the people demanded a King “such as all the other nations have.” (1 Samuel 8:4-5) We read in Samuel 10 that the prophet Samuel presents Saul as Israel’s new king. Of course he has to find him first among the baggage.
Have you ever come across a really good deal? Have you ever thought you were getting a good deal or making a good trade but it wasn’t? I remember as a little first grader wanting to buy a piece of gum from one of my classmates. Instead of taking the amount I was offering he wanted my whole handful of change. Just then our teacher stepped in and told both of us that this was not a fair trade. That would have been a bad deal for me. And this was a bad deal for Israel. They didn’t realize how good they had it with the King of Kings on their side fighting for them and leading them. But they were willing to make the trade.
The enemy will come sometimes and try to get us to make a trade. Much like when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Don’t fall for his tricks. Don’t let anyone or anything rule as King of your heart other than God. Don’t be tempted to put another king there. Remember how good you have it with God on the throne of your life.