Week 4: Day 1
Read: 1 Samuel 8
Samuel appointed his two sons as leaders over Israel but, in a similar way to Eli’s sons, they fail in their duties to the people. The Israelites are displeased and ask Samuel to give them a king.
Think about the reasons the people give for wanting a king. Are they good reasons?
How were the Israelites treating God at this point? How does God respond to them?
Read: Deuteronomy 17:14-20
Granting the Israelites, a king was a part of God’s plan for them. But he wasn’t going to give them ‘a king like the other nations’ as they had wanted. What did God require of the king of Israel?
Much like the Israelites at this point, we are sometimes liable to treat God as a vending machine. We demand of God what we want instead of asking for His guidance.
Read: Matthew 6:9-13
How do you think about God when asking Him for something? Do you demand it of Him like the Israelites or are you willing to submit to His will, as Jesus teaches, even if it means missing out on what you want?
Do you think God knows what is best for you? Do you think He has your best interests at heart?
· Thank God that His plan includes our salvation and redemption even though we are unworthy
· Ask God to help you each day to submit to His will, and to trust that He knows what is best for you