Like everyone else

Re: Verse reading–1 Samuel 8:1-10, 1 Samuel 12:1-5 (day seven)
“Appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”  (8:5)  Serious mistake.  Common.  Wanting to be like “everyone else”.  An expression of insecurity, really.  Unconscious (and false) thought that other people are “more together”.  If I could only have what they have or live where they live, things would be better.  The problem?  Israel already had a king!  Just not one they could see.  God was their king.  Had been every step of the way.  Present.  Powerful.  Competent.  Compassionate.  Wise.  Better leadership than they would ever get from a person!   But the people of God couldn’t see what they had, their unique calling, their opportunity to “example” this spiritual life to all others.   Their eyes were too focused on other nations.  Do I do this?  Do I chase after possessions and security, just like everyone else?  Do I recognize the unique opportunity I have to walk with the Spirit?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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