Yesterday, I wrote about God’s reaction to how the people disrespectfully treated the Ark of the Covenant in 1 Samuel. Basically, it was like He said, “Enough is enough!” Although the people knew better, they paid a dear price for their behavior. The same thing continues as we progress through the book. Today’s lesson is, “Be careful for what you wish for.”
As Samuel aged, the people asked for a king to rule over them. The Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being a king over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7) We see Jesus saying basically the same thing in John 15:18.
God instructed Samuel to warn them thoroughly about all that might happen if God did indeed grant their request. I don’t know about you, but I have lots of stories of regret when I rejected sound advice. “Be careful for what you wish for.”
A Stern Warning.
Samuel indeed told them what would happen. A king would suppress the people for his own glory. Furthermore, they won’t like it a bit, but it will be too late.
And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day." 1 Samuel 8:18
Then the people responded to Samuel, “No! But there shall be 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.” (v. 19-20)
Be Careful For What You Wish For.
What can Christians decipher from this? Forget about the godless among our nation. They will always refuse to heed the Lord. What about those of us who believe?
Here’s my opinion. I see far too much time, effort, and emotional energy spent on the state of politics compared to sharing the gospel to the lost. Yes, Donald Trump has better values than Joe Biden, but do you really want either to be your king?
God is going to deal with the people for their wicked ways. That you can be sure of. If you pay attention, you will see that he already is. The wrath of God is already upon this nation. The wages of sin is death. We’re dying as a nation. Truly, we are. What will be politicians do? Battle each other until the country is dead. Just like the enemies of God in the Old Testament.
What do you wish for? Be careful because God answers prayer.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. John 15:7-8
Father, please grant me wisdom. Amen
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