Text: I Samuel 8:4-22 (NIV)
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 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.”
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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.”
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for 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 groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”
I'm sure every one of us have wanted something so much that we did all we could to get it, only to find it wasn't what we thought.
In our day-to-day living, don't we often strive for things, only to find out later it wasn't worth the sacrifice? You may have gotten what you wanted only to not really want what you got.
What do we do when we end up having what we really didn't expect? When our hearts may be broken - our dreams may be shattered - our life's plan may be greatly altered - what do we do?
- Repent and do the things you did at first.
- The Lord said this to the people in the Ephesian church: "...You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first." Revelation 2:4-5 (NIV)
- Note that He didn't say, "You've blown it and it's over." NO! He opens the door for our return. He just says, "Come on back home where you belong."
- Repent. Turn around. Change your ways. Set the boundaries in your life. Prioritize.
Israel did not love and reverence the Lord as they should and chose to be like everyone else and pushed God aside. The church at Ephesus chose to go through the motions and do the stuff, but out of obligation and duty, not love and passion.
- When we lose our passion for the Lord and our passion to be all for Him, that's when these distractions become detrimental to our walk with Christ.
- When will we ever learn that when we set out to pursue what we want and set ourselves to follow our own desires and whims and all the distractions the devil throws at us, that all that happens is we get lost in the wake of despair? And who suffers the most? Our children and our families.
We need a revival of passion for the Lord! We need a restoration of passion for principled living and godly core values! We need a return to raising our families in faith, commitment and dedication to God and church and to the household of faith!
Posted on Sat, August 23, 2014
by Darrell Waller