Today’s Reading: 1st Samuel 9-12
Today a great exchange takes place.
A exchanging of power, as well as an exchange of government.
Israel wanted a king. In asking for a king, the people were rejecting God as their king.
That’s heavy…read that again.
A sad day for the nation of Israel and for God’s people. They were putting their trust in a man. Samuel as their last “Judge,” had to transfer all his authority to the new king on the block….Saul. The 12 tribes of Israel had been governed by judges for 500 years, but a new era had arrived, and Saul was in charge.
It all began for us today with Saul just looking for his donkeys when his life was forever changed. Just by today’s reading it’s hard to tell what kind of leader he will be. Samuel obviously was more fit, but God gave the people what they wanted. Saul was the answer.
Saul’s desire to find the donkeys revealed he wasn’t a quitter. But on his big day when he was to be revealed as king, he was no where to be found. He was scared. Instead of focusing on the glory of God in that moment he was focused on himself. His nerves got the best of him.
In leadership integrity is everything and Samuel had it even when he was being replaced. He literally prayed up a storm and as Samuel gave his farewell speech he put the entire focus on God. It was clear the people had made a mistake asking for a king, but regardless of their bad decisions God would help them if they feared Him and obeyed Him.
The focus has to always be God.
His covenant with His people was still in force. If they obeyed He would bless.
We all are tempted to crown someone or something king in our life other than King Jesus. We can choose to crown Jesus King of our lives.
It is His rightful position.
It’s not too late to decide what and who is King of our lives. Regardless of our past, God is present. If we obey Him- He will bless us.
Even in our bad decisions, there is hope. We can all learn from Saul. We must never make it about ourselves and we must always put the focus on God. We must also listen to the Samuel’s in our lives. We all have people who speak into our lives and push us to run after God’s plan for our lives. Israel chose to to not listen and crowned someone king. The same doesn’t have to be true for us.
Crush those things trying to take the thrown of your life today and let Jesus reign supreme.
-Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Joshua-Esther, (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook Publishing, 2001).