Not about you

Re: Verse reading–1 Samuel 8:1-10, 1 Samuel 12:1-5 (day one)
“But when they said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.”  (8:6)  Our RE Verse passage this week points our attention to Samuel at the end of his career.  Like many Senior Adults, Samuel struggles with value and despair issues as he faces this important life transition.  When the elders of the nation express a desire for a “change”–from prophet leadership to a king (government which would not involve his sons)  he was tempted to take it personally.  His next move was very wise.  Rather than react, he prayed.  God’s wisdom?  “This is not about you.”  “You will worry less about what people think of you, when you realize how seldom they do”–Jane Witcher.  We are all wise to interpret our disappointments with similar perspective.  Our children, our friends, our family. . they are not doing things “to us”.  The issue that matters is relationship to God.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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