A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “Jesus’ Teaching”
1 Samuel 8:18: “When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you’ve chosen for yourselves, but the LORD won’t answer you on that day.”
Have you ever asked for something that you really did not want? At first it seemed interesting, but it did not take long for you to become uninterested in it. Perhaps you even had to face difficult consequences because of it.
This very thing happened to Israel on a national scale. Israel’s leaders observed Samuel getting older, and they wanted a leader. They asked for a ruler like the kings that ruled the nations around them.
Samuel was opposed to their request because he knew it came from sinful desires. He explained that the king would be able to do whatever he wished with their sons, daughters, workers, land, and possessions. The people didn’t listen. They wanted what they wanted.
How many times have you gone against counsel and even your own better judgment, knowing the possible consequences? Perhaps it was simply a snide comment to a coworker or a spouse. Maybe it was a purchase that you could not afford. Or an addiction you got too close to once again. How did these things work out for you? Did they cause pain and loss?
The good news is that the consequences we experience because of sinful decisions do not have to be the final chapter of our story. The glorious truth is that God intervenes and redeems our consequences! After Israel’s first king failed, God appointed another one. He appointed one we never would have chosen, and that is because we don’t see what God sees (1 Sam. 16:7). And even later, He would give us His Son as the Messiah-King.
Pause and Reflect
• Consider the fact that God does not just give us second chances but actually redeems us and brings good from our mistakes. How are these two concepts different?
• How does the knowledge that God brings good out of evil encourage you in your walk with Christ?