Sometimes I wonder how much we must weary our God? I mean, I know He is long-suffering and patient, but does our constant bellyaching and complaining ever fatigue Him or exhaust Him?
I know those aren’t His attributes and what I’m really doing is putting Him on our level, so none of those things are true of Him. But I did notice something in the Word today that made me stop and ponder. Here it is!
There comes a time when we are whining and fussing about life… what we don’t have and what we want… what we like and don’t like… how unfair life seems… and we start bringing that before God and also demand of Him our desires, and He lets us have them. Yes, He knows it’s not really what we need, but He lets us have them.
How can I say that? Read 1 Samuel 8 today. We’re told the prophet Samuel had been ruling Israel for many years and was now an old man. He put his sons to work to serve as mini-judges over Israel. But Samuel’s sons weren’t like him in respect to the things of God. As a matter of fact, they were deplorable. The Bible tells us…
“His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.” 1 Samuel 8:3
Well, the people of Israel didn’t like that so they went to Samuel, telling him he wasn’t going to be around forever, and his sons were wicked, so they wanted a king like all the other nations.
Samuel was aghast. Shocked and stunned don’t even begin to describe his emotions. It was preposterous to have such a request. What were they saying about God? Who was He? Had they forgotten Him? So Samuel prayed!
And this is what the Lord said to Samuel…
“Listen to voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them… however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:7, 9
And that Samuel did. He told them a king would take all their possessions, even their sons and daughters… their money… their land. He told them not just once, but twice, and this is what the Word says…
“Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, ‘No, but there shall be a king over us.’” 1 Samuel 8:19
And they next thing we read is…
“And the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Listen to their voice, and appoint them a king.” 1 Samuel 8:22
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today. God’s way is always better, but just know, there might come a time He’ll let you have your way, but it won’t be the best way. Which one would you rather have? Your way or the best way?
Forgive me for the times my stubbornness gets in the way. Your way is always the best way. Jesus in Your name I pray, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen