Samuel to Saul, judge to king
A transfer of power requested by men
Thinking that they should be led, like others
Of their time, by a sovereign.
“Listen to all the people are saying,”
God told Samuel when he asked why
“It is not you they’ve rejected, but Me”
They don’t want Me for their king, was His reply.
How many times do we do the same
Thinking we know what is best for our lives
Observing and analyzing what is around us
Then asking for things we don’t realize
Are not for the good. Can we outguess the Lord?
Can we tell Him the right thing when He is the Right?
How presumptuous, ungrateful, haughty, self-serving
The horrific mistake of ignoring the Light.
But the Israelites did. They got what they asked for
A series of kings to take over the land
Good rulers and bad for hundreds of years
As power tainted the human hand.
We are not perfect; we never can be
We can’t think our judgment surpasses that of
Our Maker, Defender, Protector, our Parent
The True Author of the concept of love.
Samuel turned prophet and Saul turned king
History tells how the rest played out
When a man is made ruler instead of “I Am”
The devil will find him and fill him with doubt.
But here’s the upside — Samuel gave us advice
Inspired words to follow, the plan of his:
Give the Lord your whole heart, turn from things which can’t save you
He will not reject you, because of who He is.
Worship Him with reverence amd all of your being
Our God who has saved us from eternal pain
Evil brings judgment and must be avoided
Praise our Deliverer — life is our gain!
Statue of King David in Jerusalem. Saul, then David, then Solomon…headed the list of kings of Israel.