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Bible Verse for April 28
“So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 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.” (1 Samuel 8:4-5)
Prayer Reflection for April 28
Our Bible verse today comes from 1 Samuel. Samuel was a prophet in the Old Testament who was in the line of judges (or leaders) of Israel.
In this part of the Bible passage, we’re told that Samuel the Prophet’s kids were apparently not fit to be next in line following Samuel, so the Israelites come up to Samuel and ask for a king.
During this time, Israel had not had a monarchy. It wasn’t just that they were asking for Samuel’s sons not to be next in the line of judges, they were asking for a new way of life.
The Israelites saw that nations around them had monarchies, so they asked for a king too.
This wasn’t a small ask.
This was basically asking to change how they functioned as a society completely.
So Samuel does the right thing by going to God.
God explains to Samuel that they are not rejecting him, they are rejecting God as the ultimate king.
So this is how God responds:
“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. 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.” (1 Samuel 8:8-9)
Let’s break this down:
- After everything God did for them (keep in mind this is well after God led them to the Promised Land) they are still trying to seek other answers than God
- God still tells Samuel to let them do what they want but asks Samuel to explain the horrible things that will happen if they choose an earthly king over God as king.
But let’s be honest: we can’t be too hard on these Israelites. When we see things working for other people, we tend to want what they have.
But God doesn’t have the same plan for each of us.
We are each on our own journey, and what may make sense for some people may not make sense for our walk with God.
Where are you on your walk with God right now? Write down the current struggles that you are having.
Examine each struggle one at a time. Pray each one out to God, and ask that He leads you on the journey He has planned for you. Ask Him to shield you from looking at anyone else’s prayer life and coveting something that is not yours.
Dear God, Today I ask you to shield me from coveting anything that you do not have planned for me. Keep me focused on my mission of living out Your will and Your way, and don’t let what other people have get in the way of where you want me to go. Amen!
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