May 12 Kings

Image by Mark Stuckey

Image by Mark Stuckey

1 Samuel 12:1-13:22; John 7:1-29;  Psalm 108:1-13;  Proverbs 15:4

“Do not be afraid,”  Samuel replied.  “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.  Do not turn away after useless idols.  They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.  For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.  And I will teach you the way that is good and right.  But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”

1 Samuel 12:20-25

* * * * *

People clamored for a king

not content

with their Heavenly one

not content

to walk by faith

they wanted to SEE

and HEAR

and TOUCH

an earthly king

someone they could

manipulate,

one to serve them

and do their bidding.

Samuel gave them Saul

a handful of headache,

sadness and woe,

but he WAS their king.

Are we not weak like they

at times

Wanting to SEE and FEEL

and HEAR and FOLLOW

earthly leaders

rather than leaning

on the One true source

of wisdom, life and power?

God knows our weakness

He reminds us that we

are His very own.

He calls us to follow and serve

Him and Him alone.

Remember all that He has done

for you

bow your head in prayer

give thanks

to Christ our King.

Lord God, you gave the people what they wanted–a king they could see and follow into battle and fight their fights and make them great.  But an earthly king is no substitute for you.  Earthly kings fall prey to pride, lust for power, and self-serving ways.  So you sent your Son, Jesus, our perfect Prophet, Priest and King who gave up His life for us and now preserves us for His Kingdom.  Help us to always remember that great things you have done for us and for all people.  Help us to follow you and you alone!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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