April 28, 2015

Read: 1 Samuel 8:5-7

When I read the first part of v.5, “Behold you have grown old and your sons do not walk in your ways…,” I can only imagine how Samuel felt. He was a godly man, a faithful judge of Israel. He didn't need to be reminded by a people who had sin trouble themselves that his sons had fallen away from obeying God. 

The nation of Israel continued to show their lack of fear for God and for the priestly office, "Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” 

Samuel must have been acknowledging his son's failures, but when they said, "Give us a king to judge us,” Samuel knew they had crossed the line with God. They were rejecting Him.

This passage showed me a few things: 1) We are responsible to train up our children, but after adulthood, they are responsible for themselves. 2) When people reject God’s precepts, they reject Him 3) An unbeliever’s lifestyle can do a lot of damage to God’s work on earth. 4) We must be like Samuel, keep a right heart before God and stand for His precepts that have been clearly spelled out in His word. Let's do like Samuel did, pray. “And Samuel prayed to the Lord.” (v.6)

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.