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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
1 Samuel 8:19-20
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 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.”
Normally, only one verse is used in this morning devo. But these two verses are connected. The people of Israel had grown weary of their priestly leader and wanted a king to rule over them and fight their battles for them. They had rejected God as their leader instead of an earthly king (vs.7), but few folks realize that, like Eli, Samuel had lost his sons (who were Israel’s priests) to the lies of the devil as well (vs. 1-4)! So God was upset that the people had rejected Him; but, on the other hand, people not being led by their leader’s sons, those who had been appointed to lead them, figured “We Gotta Do Something!”
Remember that in this story the people who were saying, “We Gotta Do Something,” were not your average churchgoers. They were the elders of Israel. When spiritual leadership at the highest level has let people down, other key spiritual leaders say, “We Gotta Do Something.” That’s the natural human response when people are in trouble. It’s understandable. Most of us, especially those who serve people in some way, see something broken and think “We Gotta Fix It!” In other words, “We Gotta Do Something.” In this story, even after knowing that Samuel’s family had let the people of Israel down, could it be that if Israel had waited on the Lord God would have had a better plan than Saul? The next time you think “We Gotta Do Something,” why not wait a little longer and exhaust the avenue of prayer. God always has a better plan than ours.
Teach me again today to WAIT on the Lord. Amen