BY: TRISHIA WARRICK
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BIBLE TEXT: 1 Samuel 8:19-20: Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “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.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I am the wife of a salesman who travels…a lot! My husband has decided I need to begin a blog describing all of the activities and humorous anecdotes I find myself in as I play the role of dog farmer (we have four), mother (we have three), substitute father, homeschool teacher, gardener, taxi driver, and personal counselor to three children. For example, last week I had to mow the lawn using a mower with three wheels (yes, the fourth one fell off as I pushed it through the side yard). You ought to see how funky the lawn looked afterward! I had to take four slightly neurotic dogs (all “rescued animals”) to the groomers as they whimpered, cowered, and acted like crazy animals all the way there. Recently, I had to give a lesson to one of my children about NOT using a microwave saucepan on the oven cook top (man, did that melted plastic pan smell awful for days!). Each day brings a unique series of challenges, and I often work through them alone.
With that said, I can SO relate to the scripture passage in this devotional!! The Israelites, dwelling among pagan nations, wanted what these nations had…a king. They had three reasons for desiring this king: to be like other nations, to have an authoritative king justly judge disputes, and a king who will “go out before us and fight our battles”. I GET that! Some days, I am just tired of responsibility. I want another person to fight my battles and conquer my enemies. During those times, I long for someone else to take care of those whom God placed in my care. I am DONE!
Here is the rub, though. Earlier in this passage, Samuel tried to explain to the Israelites just how dangerous it was to place their hope and trust in an earthly king. There were consequences they would endure if they made the decision to place a human king on the throne (vs. 10-18). Please understand, however, there is an even greater evil lurking behind the reasoning of the Israelites. God reveals to Samuel the heavy message regarding their hearts in verse 6, “…they have rejected me as their king”.
Ouch! How often do I reject God as my “king” and instead place my hope and confidence on others? Do I turn to Him first?
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Psalms 146:3-5 says, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” In Jeremiah 17:5, it states, “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.”
When you are bone-weary and need someone to be your king, rely on the King of Kings. If you need to place your burdens somewhere, don’t misplace them on mere humans. Hold onto scriptures such as Psalm 55:22, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
PRAYER: Father, help me to weed out the desire to reject you as king in my life. Protect me from myself as I attempt to be either independent (relying on myself) or dependent on anyone other than you. Help me to meditate on your word and your truth.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Trishia married a guy that likes the outdoors, so camping has become her number one idea of a good time. Her greatest achievements lately have been to out-fish her husband (with a fly-rod). Her average week has her homeschooling two children, tutoring multiple students in history at a local tutorial, and volunteering in leadership at the tutorial as well. She loves reading and has become addicted to young adult fiction.