And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. (1 Samuel 8:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about leadership transition is that many people will not like the new leader coming in. They have become accustomed to the old leader and so they will not submit or support the new one. The children of Israel came to Samuel to ask for a king to rule over them because his sons were not walking according to the word of God. This is a good reason to ask for someone else, if the current leaders are not holding to the standard of righteousness and truth. But instead of asking Samuel to deal with his sons, they asked for a man such as every other nation had to lead them. What they should have done was ask Samuel to seek God for a replacement for him and not his sons. But because they asked for a man instead of God, God said that they were rejecting Him and not Samuel. As Christians, we should always keep God in His rightful place. Yes, God is our head and He is the one that rules over us, yet we must submit ourselves to those He places over us as long as they are walking according to His word, His way and His truth.
Sing: Jesus! Jesus! You know what’s best for me. So lead on, Jesus, I’ll go wherever You lead.
Thought For Today: Be care what you ask for, you just might get it.