1 Samuel 8:19-22

But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, ‘No! But there shall be a king over us, 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.’ And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey their voice and make them a king.’
1 Samuel 8:19-22
Growing up. We all had to do it. None of us got a pass on this. Whether we grew up on a family farm or were born and raised in a big city, it is something we’ve all had to do. As we think back to these times, we find it’s hard to separate growing up from remembering the ones who raised us. These are the ones who made sure we had our next meal, who provided for us, who guided us, who gave us a place to sleep at night, and actually kept us alive when we were unable to do so on our own.
Despite all of this, our growing up selves would still believe that in some areas of life – we knew best. This is mindset we find in 1 Samuel as the nation of Israel desperately wanted a king. Samuel is trying to let them know that this king will fall short, and he won’t be all that they think he will be. But the people were sure that a king was what they needed.
It is a scary reality to think that God would let the people obey their own voice over his own. He knows he knows best, yet he allows them to have what they want. You want a king – okay, have a king. Though I led you out of slavery in Egypt, though I lead you into the promised land, though I’ve always had your best interest in mind… you don’t have to listen to me on this one.
May this not be the case in our lives today. May our hearts not be hardened to the point of God letting us obey our own voice over his own.
For everything God had done for Israel, he’s done immeasurably more since. Sending his one and only son, Jesus, to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. For you and me. Let the weight of that sink in. Jesus died and was resurrected for the very people who obey their own voice over his.
This is where listening to God’s voice over our own starts. It begins by resting in what’s already been done for you. Our hearts soften when we hear these truths, allowing God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to mold us, change us, and guide us as we live.

Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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