Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 8:1-9:27 (additional reading: Psalm 106:32-48 and Proverbs 14:34-35 )

God had a plan for the life of his nation Israel, but Israel thought they understood better what they needed than God did. They wanted a king, and they wanted one for all the wrong reasons. They wanted to be like the other nations. When we as God’s people desire more than anything else to be like the other people of this world we are in trouble. When we know what God wants in our lives and yet chose to go another direction we are very best, choosing second best.

God has a perfect will for each of our lives, but also God gives us a great deal of freedom to make our own choices in life. However when we choose less than God’s best it grieves Him. Many are painfully aware that things would be far better in our lives if they had made wiser decisions in the past. I believe that it is especially frustrating to realize what we are going through now is the result of poor past decision in our lives, times when we settled for less than God’s best. Yet even when we reject God’s best he does not forsake us.

The problem was when the Israelites wanted to be like everyone else even though God didn’t forsake them, they forsook God as their King, which meant they also forsook who they were as a people. They got more than they really wanted and became like all the other nations around them.

  • They no longer thought as the chosen people of God – they thought like everyone else.
  • They no longer acted like the chosen people of God – they blended their lives into the culture of those around them.
  • They were no longer Gods special people – they had become His source of pain and disappointment.

Are you experiencing God’s best in your life? Do you think that your ways are better than His ways? Is God your King or is He merely someone you recognize as important. Are you allowing God to rule in your life? Are you still submitted to His leadership? He has the best for you life!!!


Father, Thank You for choosing us to be Your people. Help us to live apart from the world and for You and Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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