Re: Verse reading—1 Samuel 9 & 10 (day seven)
1 Samuel 10:19 is ominous: But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, ‘No, but set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.”
Israel’s rejection of God allowed a move toward their own plans. They desired a human king in God’s stead. God delivered them from Egypt, but now they wanted distance between themselves and their creator. On the surface it seems outlandish, but our tendency is to assume that we can handle life on our own when things are smooth.
A calm day gives us an illusion of personal strength we believe deep into the coming chaos. Our only way out of self-inflicted free fall is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true king. Jesus is God’s chosen one to give us the leadership we need to thrive in this life. Unlike Israel, Christians reject their own plans, and submit fully to the King of the Kingdom of God.