God blessed the nation’s beginning, providing freedom from oppression. Early free men prayed for God’s blessing, He answered more abundantly than any other nation on earth. Gradually, deliberately, methodically men walked further and further away from their God. Heightened affluence created inflated egos that created their own gods, including worship of themselves. Now, any voice declaring honor of God is met with violent, belligerent resistance.
God, this can’t be okay with you! Stop this downfall somehow, help people see they need to return to you!
“They won’t return, they will demand their way. Give them what they want; but warn them about what the results of their choice will bring.”
The faith leader sounds an alarm, painting a grim picture of where their current path will lead.
Taking from the wealthy, redistributing resources according to government preference.
Indoctrinate and enslave youth, pumped with propaganda and forced to work for the system.
Farther and farther away from God and morality, deeper and deeper into depravity.
The message is sounded, the masses disregard.
The prophet Samuel anoints Saul king of Israel. (I Sam. 8)
And all that was prophesied, comes to pass.
Two lessons for us, if we seek to follow in Samuel’s footsteps.
First, Samuel prayed, diligently seeking God’s wisdom in what to do. He then stepped forward to what was his role in selecting the new leader.
Likewise, we need to be seriously in prayer, asking God what His plan is, what His desire is for us to do in our responsibility of selecting our new leader.
Samuel didn’t neglect his responsibility because the choice in front of him wasn’t someone he would have chosen; he trusted God was wiser, had a perfect plan, was ultimately sovereign in all things.
Next, even though he could see the negative path the nation had chosen, Samuel promised not to sin against God by ceasing to pray for the people, and committed himself to continuing to teach them Truth. (I Sam. 12:23)
In the days and years ahead we see Samuel continuing to pray, weep, teach, and serve God by serving His people.
Knees raw from kneeling.
Eyes red from crying, truly grieving for God’s people.
Throat sore from continuing to speak truth to those who refused to listen.
Sandals dusty from miles and miles and miles of walking, simply doing God’s best every single day – – no matter what others chose.
May we, today, follow in Samuel’s footsteps.