You will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen
1 Samuel 8:18 “When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you on that day.”
Chapter 8 is a transitional chapter.
It is in this chapter that we see the transition from Samuel to Saul.
This is the last message on the life of Samuel.
But…… It’s not the last chapter that has to do with Samuel.
Samuel doesn’t actually die until chapter 25, and he still has an important role to play in the chapters ahead, but after chapter 8 the focus changes from Samuel to Saul and then eventually to King David.
HERE WE READ, the Israelites wanted a king because they were tired of crying out for relief from their enemies.
But Samuel mentioned many negative implications of having a king. He listed many extraordinary things because Samuel wanted them to turn from their decision.
God could have refused their request and continued to rule by the guidance of judges.
When God gave us life, God gave us the freedom to choose.
But our ability to choose, is one of the most precious gifts we have.
We make choices every day. Some good, some bad.
Menas, there are consequences to our decisions.
Some of those consequences cannot be reversed.
Sometimes we get into a situation that was not God’s will for us.
But it is made, the decision cannot be changed.
So………… we need to be careful what we ask for or pray for.
Sometimes God says yes to our request, it might not be always a sign of His favor.
It may be a sign of God’s discipline for a stubborn heart.
Consider God’s will in the matter.
Consider the consequences.
Consider the stubbornness of our own heart.
humble ourselves before the Lord.
Seek God’s will first.
Trust God with the answer.
Be careful what we ask God for in prayer.
Jooley Mathew Z