E100 Devotion – Day 32June 6, 2012
Reading: I Samuel Chapter 8-10
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
1 Samuel 8:19-20
“Nevertheless;” is a word that implied so much. It’s a word that communicates the people’s choice above God’s choice in the matter. A single word that devalued the value of the King who had had proven His ability to love them, protect them and lead them victoriously against their foes. Nevertheless; a shallow word reflecting men’s reasoning that deeply negated the evidence that they were a chosen people set apart by God.
The children of Israel’s need to be like the world, caused them to reject the manner in which God chose to lead them. Their need to conform to the ways of the world caused them to forget that they were a people set upon the earth to be a sign and a wonder that would lead others to know the reality of God.
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Samuel the prophet and High Priest tries to reason with the children of Israel as he presents to them the ramifications of their choice. Yet, they cried out all the more. So, the Lord gave them what they desired, even though their choice was a rejection of God and God’s best for their life.
And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them.
I Samuel 8:7
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.
What we often find ourselves longing for the things that can separate us from our identity and the source of our strength. The children of Israel embark on a road that causes them to be conformed to the ways of the world instead of desiring to be an influence that will lead others to God.
As you go about your journey in life, don’t let the ways of man distract you from the ways of God. Do not allow the need to fit in, squeeze you out of your destiny, and your relationship with a God who loves you so much that He gave His best for you.
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
… Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
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