Faith in God
1 Samuel 8
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord. 22 So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.”
And Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Every man go to his city.”
Let’s take a diversion from Proverbs today and look at a situation in Israel that defines us still today.
God in heaven had been the leader of Israel since the days of Abraham. Jehovah God showed His power over Egypt, over the Red Sea, over hunger and over thirst and over all the enemies of His people in the Promised Land. Everywhere Israel went, Jehovah God went before them and brought down every army meeting Israel’s every need. In the process of time, Israel realized that they did not have a visible king to go before them in battle, to be their figure head, like every other nation had. So they came to Samuel, the God ordained prophet and judge, and demanded that God give them a king they could see. This demand was a direct attack on the God that they could not see who led them by faith in His power and His ability to meet all of their needs.
How much are we like the people of Israel? God promises to meet all of our needs when we seek Him and His kingdom as our priority. God, who gave us all of our desires, has very specific instructions for the right and wrong ways to fulfill the desires of our lives. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
If God has promised to give us the desires of our heart, then every sin of the heart and the flesh that demands a visible and immediate gratification of that which God has promised is both an idol of the heart and an act of faithlessness. Here is an example: When we covet something that we cannot get we are not trusting that God will meet our needs in that area. When we are bitter, we are not trusting that God has orchestrated all things for our good and for His glory. And when we lust sexually, we are not trusting that God has a plan for our sexual satisfaction.
To trust in God is to believe that He is leading us, by faith, into all that He wants for us. To live by faith is to give every desire into the hand of God and to wait on Him to meet our needs and desires according to His perfect and loving will. So then, every time we take our desires into our own hands, we are demanding that God give us a visible “king” to lead us; we no longer trust that God, whom we cannot see, is leading us well. Our faith, like Israel of old, is placed in a king of our own making who cannot do what God is doing to meet our every need and desire.
Monica’s procedure yesterday had a mishap when during the procedure her pancreas was wounded. We are asking God to heal her sufficiently for a gall bladder removal surgery tonight.
Our son Justin had a lung surgery today. It went well and the doctors gave a good report on the success of the procedure to secure the lung in place so it would never collapse causing greater damage.
Stefani made it safely to China and is with Caleb and Lindsey.
Pray for a friend named Neal whose sister died last week. Neil is here and his family is in Wales. Pray that they all would know God’s grace and peace.
Have a great day in the Lord,