Our lives work best when we follow God as our leader. This is true personally, as a family, as a church and as a nation. It really is a simple concept—“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matt 6:33 . Sadly, we are always looking for a substitute to lead. It was the same with Israel. They had followed God out of Egypt, but, through the years looked to others to lead. In the last years, God provided a number of judges to lead—Samuel was the last. He served God and had an amazing relationship with him that provided a wonderful time of peace for Israel. In that peace, Israel started looking for a replacement. Israel wanted a King—Just like everyone else. It crushed Samuel, but what’s worse, it crushed the Lord. God knew that following a king really meant not following him.
In our lives, when we remain faithful and focused upon God, he works all things together for Good. He walks through trials with us and protects and provides for us. As he does, we are often tempted to look for another leader. It may be a pastor, an author or even a civic or Government leader. It just is not God. Whenever we make anyone besides God our leader, we bear a cost that grows worse as the days progress. Only God can provide peace in Chaos, Only God can provide joy in trials. He designed us, redeemed us and wants simply to guide us to freedom and joy. He is the only King we need.
God Bless You
When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.[a] 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.”
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”