This weeks devotion will be focused on Saul and David; how differently they accepted their kingship and how that difference affected everything else.
I Samuel 8
Samuel was old in age when he appointed his two sons to judge over Israel. Unfortunately, they did not walk in the ways of the Lord as Samuel did, which lead to many problems. Eventually, the people asked Samuel to appoint a king to rule over the nation; Samuel was displeased.
As we read on in the chapter, we see how the Lord was displeased as well. He tells Samuel that the people didn’t reject Samuel but rejected Him (God). God was the only King for His people but they wanted an earthly king to rule over them. They were searching in all the wrong places; serving other gods and looking for satisfaction that only the Lord could provide.
When we reject the Lord, he’ll go away. He’s not a God to push Himself onto us. He’s not a God to force His love onto us. He’ll knock on our door and wait to be invited in. He’s not rude or aggressive in being part of our life. He does everything in love.
When we’re doing the Lord’s work, at first, we slowly grow and then we start maturing, our talents start to ripen and bloom. But there will be many that cannot see the potential in you and they will be the ones to mock and criticize your efforts. But know that as we are strengthened in Him, these same people will fall by the wayside or be your advocate at the proper timing.
God tells Samuel to “hearken to the voice of the people.” Basically God is telling Samuel to give them what they want. Samuel forewarned them first of what they were asking for. Samuel gives the people the details of what it meant to have a king. But that still wasn’t enough for them to stop asking. They insisted in having a king; and so their desire was granted. This wasn’t what God desired for His people.
Psalm 37:4 (AMP)
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
They wanted to be like the other nations despite what God tells us; “We are in the world but not of the world.” We are special and a different type of people. One of our issues on earth is that we want to feel like we “belong” to something. But, in fact, that’s not how it’s supposed to be.
Romans 12:2 (AMP)
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
The people didn’t go into prayer, didn’t ask for guidance from Samuel, and didn’t try to hear from God themselves. Do we see areas in our lives that we want to walk away from because we believe it will make it all better? These are the tests that are being put before us to see how we’re going to react; “In faith” or “In self?”
I Samuel 9
As Samuel meets up with Saul, he tells him all that the Lord has spoken. Saul starts to doubt because;
The next time the Lord calls upon us to take on a task, let’s not dwell on our limitations but let the Lord add to us the missing ingredients. This will allow us to fulfill what He has asked us to do. It will allow our faith to grow in Him.
I Samuel 10
Samuel obeyed and anointed Saul with a vial of oil as the “First King of the people.” But Saul doesn’t tell anyone about it. When Samuel gathers the people and tells them who is going to be their king, Saul is hiding. He has none of the qualities of a King; but that of a lost child.
Where’s the faith, the obedience, the wisdom? Saul was full of doubt, confusion, and misunderstanding of his calling. But this is expected because, if we remember, God is giving the people what they want not what He wants to bless them with. Could you imagine accepting anything less than God himself? God wants to give us himself but we prefer to have an “earthly king” instead.
Ephesians 3:17-19 (AMP)
17May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, 18That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; 19[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!