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“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 NKJV).

From: May 10, 2020

BEWARE WANTING A GOVERNMENT THAT FIGHTS YOUR BATTLES

When Samuel was getting old, the people of Israel came to him, asking for a king. The request displeased Samuel, so he went to the Lord with it. The Lord told him to give them what they want, for they had not rejected Samuel, but they had rejected God as their king. The people wanted to be like the other nations and have a human king over them to care for them and to fight their battles. Of course, like children, they didn’t know what they were asking for. Samuel tried to warn them, saying the king would take their wealth and lands and make their daughters slaves, and draft their sons for war, but they would not listen.
 
We must take heed to Samuel’s warning today. For we also look to the government as our king, rather than looking to God. For the government cannot take care of us and fight our battles for us without first taking our wealth, our homes, our sons and daughters, and our freedom from us. Beware looking to the government as your god.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we look to You as our King and our Judge. You are the One who fights our battles and provides for us and protects us. Forgive us when we look to another for help. At the same time, we want to obey Your Word which teaches us to pray for our human kings and governors and to make it easy for those who oversee us. Guide us in this O Lord. For we need Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘“Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.”‘ (1 Samuel 8:7 NLT).

From: May 10, 2019

SUFFERING OFTEN COMES FROM GETTING WHAT WE ASK FOR

Samuel had led Israel well his whole life, but now he was old and his sons weren’t men of integrity like him. So, the Israelites went to Samuel asking him to give them a king like the other nations had. Of course, he felt rejected. He had served them well. It’s hard for the messenger not to feel rejection when the message is rejected. When he lifted it up to the Lord in prayer, the Lord comforted him saying, “They are rejecting me, not you.” And the Lord told him to warn them about having a king, and if they still asked for it, to give them one. Samuel obeyed the Lord. He warned them about asking for a human king, but they refused to listen. So, he gave them what they asked for. And all of God’s warnings came to pass.
 
This is often how we find ourselves in a season of suffering. As the cliche goes, “Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.” The Lord sends his servants to warn us about the dangers of rejecting Him as King, but we are determined to have our own way. Then, when suffering comes, we blame God. When in reality, we have gotten what we asked for. Some have called this God’s judicial abandonment, wherein He allows sinners to reap what they have sown. As the apostle Paul wrote, “God abandoned them to their shameful desires” (Rom. 1:26). He let them have what they asked for and with it came suffering.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we confess that we often ask for things that are not according to Your will. We pray today as Jesus did, not my will but yours be done. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We bow our knees to King Jesus and declare Him Lord over all of our wants and desires. We want what He wants for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”’ (John 6:29 NLT).

From: May 10, 2018

ONLY ONE WORK, NOT WORKS.
Jesus told those who wanted to know what “works” they needed to do in order to please God, that only one “worK” was needed. What was that work? It is the work of faith. It is the “only work God wants,” that we might “believe” in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

“Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me.” (1 Samuel 9:16 NKJV).

From: May 10, 2017

The way God spoke to Samuel concerning the anointing of Saul was both relational and revealing. The instruction included what time, what family, for what purpose and even what moved God to do it. When Saul arrived the next day, God whispered in Samuel’s ear, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you.” Oh, what a wonderful relationship Samuel had with the Lord, that God would speak to him in such a way!
 
Not only did God speak, but notice what motived Him to anoint Saul–– it was the people’s “cry” that had come up to God. Not only does God speak, God hears. His relationship with Samuel was so close that He even revealed how what He heard from the people’s prayers moved Him.
 
Does God still reveal Himself as He did to Samuel? Is such a relationship with God possible today? Yes! And even more for those who are in Christ and seek His face.

‘Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves”‘ (John 6:26 ESV)

From: May 10, 2016

The crowd that sought Jesus had been present when he miraculously fed the 5,000. Jesus accused them of seeking him, not for Himself, but for more bread. What is your reason for seeking Jesus? Have you come with your laundry list hoping He will do your bidding? Would you prefer He offered a “drive-thru” for your fast food order? What do you seek of Jesus, His face or His hand?

‘And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst”‘ (John 6:35 NKJV)

From: May 10, 2015

This is one of the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus in the gospel of John. John loved sevens (the number of completion). In the Greek, Jesus used the emphatic “ἐγώ εἰμι” (ego eimi), which might be translated “I, I am.” To Jewish ears, this was a clear reference to God’s name, “Yahweh” (I AM). As for calling Himself bread, the Jews considered bread the main sustenance of life and the major symbol of both their release from Egypt (Passover bread) and survival in the wilderness (manna). Jesus is the fulfillment of both the manna and the Passover bread. For God gave Jesus to us, so that those who believed and received Him would have eternal life.

“But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you” (John 6:27 NLT)

From: May 10, 2014

Jesus rebuked the crowd that followed him for free food. The feeding of the 5,000 was a sign meant to point to Jesus, not the bread. But the people were more concerned for their stomachs than their souls. Do you come to Jesus for bread? Or because he is the Bread of Life? Most of us have come to Jesus for some physical or relational need or hurt. We came seeking the temporal. Yet, having our needs met, some now follow just for Jesus. We come wanting only Jesus. We come saying, “Give me Jesus.” We now know that all we need is Him.

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst'” (John 6:35 ESV)

From: May 10, 2013

This is one of seven “I AM” statements of Jesus that John recorded. John loved sevens (the number of completion). In the Greek, Jesus used the emphatic “ἐγώ εἰμι” (ego eimi), which might be translated “I, I am.” To Jewish ears, this was a clear reference to God’s name, “Yahweh” (I AM). As for calling Himself bread, the Jews considered bread the main sustenance of life and the major symbol of both their release from Egypt (Passover bread) and survival in the wilderness (manna). Jesus is the fulfillment of both the manna and the Passover bread. For God gave Jesus to us, so that those who believed and received Him would have eternal life.

“Samuel said, ‘Stay here, for I have received a special message for you from God'” (1 Samuel 9:27)

From: May 10, 2012

Saul was busy searching for his father’s donkeys, but God had other plans for him. He asked Saul to “stay here” for a while. Hard to do when you have urgent duties. Yet, Saul stayed and listened and God made him king of Israel. Are you chasing the urgent when God is asking you to just “stay here” for a while?

“My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40)

From: May 10, 2011

What is God’s will for you? Here it is from the lips of Jesus. What does your future hold? Resurrection. So, look to Christ and believe.