Today's Devotional Thought
July 29, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Give Them What They Want
Give them what they want! Have you ever been given exactly what you wanted and then wished you hadn’t been given it? Have you ever, as a parent, given your child too much of something to teach them a lesson?
In today’s passage of scripture, we see that the children of Israel have asked Samuel for a king. At the time, they had judges, however all the other nations had kings so they made it known that they wanted to be like everyone else. What a dangerous statement that is.
All throughout scripture we can read that we, as followers of Christ, need to be different than the world. We know that we live in this world, but we don’t need to be like them. When we shift our focus to the world and the things of it, like the children of Israel did, we begin to think that we really can profit from the things of this earth or that maybe the things of this earth can deliver us. Scripture tells us that this earth can not deliver us. I Samuel 12:21 says “Don’t turn away to follow worthless things that can’t profit or deliver you; they are worthless.” For those of us in Christ there is nothing on this earth that can deliver us. We must learn to keep our eyes on our king, Jesus Christ. If Israel would have stuck with keeping the Lord as their king, things would have been very different for them.
God knew that one day Israel would ask for a king. Deuteronomy 17:14 says “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you say, Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us, be sure to appoint over you the king the Lord your God chooses.” As you read through 1 Samuel 12 and 13, you see that Saul becomes king over Israel and with him, they got exactly what they wanted, a king just like everyone else. In chapter 12 we see Samuel talking to them about their journey with the Lord and he tells them that God has been their King all along but since they wanted a king like the Ammonites, that is what they will get.
How many times do we whine and cry and complain to God about how much we want something, only to find out when we get it that it really wasn’t at all like we thought or it ends up being terrible for us? I think that God sometimes gives us what we want to prove to us He knows best. Sounds pretty similar to what parents do for their children. Often times, parents know it’s not what’s best, but sometimes, children just need to learn on their own.
Be careful what you ask the Lord for. I remember a country song that was called “Unanswered Prayers”. In the song, the singer says that sometimes the best prayers are the unanswered prayers. One of many things I have learned in my life is that God knows all things and sees all things, I don’t. He is God and I am NOT! I earnestly try to lift all things before the Lord and I pray that He will do what is best and that His will will be done in my life. May I suggest, ladies, that you do the same. When we allow God to lead us, instead of us telling him how to lead, life really is so much sweeter.