1st Samuel 8:1- 22 (NIV)
Remember that prayer that God answered and you were so happy? Maybe you aren’t as happy with the answer now as you were back then or maybe you are still happy about it. Whatever the case, is it what you wanted or is it what God wanted for you? We go to God many times and insist on our own way instead of finding out what is best for us from God. We can only see in the short term but God sees our future and knows what is best for us.
Most times I think I know what I want and need. I think I know what will make me happy. The truth is that God knows best. He created me. He planned my life before I started living it. For me, not trusting God’s best for me shows me that I don’t really trust God as much as I say I do concerning whatever situation I am in at the time. Because if I really trusted Him I would take time to ask Him what is best for me instead of telling Him and asking for what I think is best. I would stop begging Him to get Him to change His mind about what I need. God’s plan for me is way better than my wildest dreams.
The Israelites wanted a king. They wanted to be like the other nations around them. Instead of trusting God to lead them, they wanted to be led by a king. After all, everyone else was. So many times we do things because other people are doing it too. But is it what we are meant to do?
So the Israelites went to God and asked or a king. God gave them Saul. Looks like an answered prayer, right? Well, yes it was an answered prayer but the king would not treat them as well as God did. The king was not God’s best for them. I am learning to ask God what is best for me before I start asking Him for something when He has a much better plan for me. My prayer is that God aligns my desires with His will.
1st Samuel 8:4- 7 (NIV)
4 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.
1st Samuel 8:19- 22 (NIV)
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.”
God Bless You!