Reflections on Scripture

by Wayne Bandy

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Reflections for October 25, 2016

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Reflections for this date are based on the following scripture passages:
1 Samuel 8

Wanting Our Own Way

"Appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have." (1 Samuel 8:5)

God's intent for Israel was that He be their king. During the times Israel worshipped God and followed His leading the nation got a taste of the greatness of having God as its king. But the people had short memories and they thought they knew better. They were influenced in their thinking by the other nations around them and wanted to be like them. What was it about other nations having a king that was so appealing? God told Samuel to warn them of what it would be like to have a king. He did so, pointing out the downside of having a king. But they wanted one anyway.

It brings to mind a teenager who wants to be involved in practices and activities that will be harmful to them, but because that is what all the other teenagers are doing they want to do it too. Though their parents point out the dangers they brush these cautions aside assuming they will escape them. They want what they want and don't wish to be bothered by reality. So it was for Israel.

We see in this how God relates to us. He wants to have reign in our lives and give us the best of life that He has designed for us. But thinking we know better and not quite trusting that God's plans will be better, we choose our own way, even asking God to grant us the plans we desire. As with Israel, He may grant us what we ask for even though it is not what He planned for us. However, when He gives us what we ask for we need to own the results. But like teenagers, when our plans don't work out so well we are inclined to blame God rather than ourselves, wondering why He would allow bad things to happen to us and forgetting that God only granted us what we asked for.

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