A Closer WalkBy Pastor Bill Meadowsbmeadows1946@yahoo.com
February 16, 2013
“And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a kind to judge us like all the nations.” (1 Samuel 8:5).
Could it be that God had failed His people? Was it possible that the “I Am” ( “And god said unto Moses, I am that I am; and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:1) of Israel somewhere along the way changed His name to “A NOT” or “I WILL NOT”? Was the people’s cry for a king other than God justified?
This national rejection of God as King must have had some kind of basis. There must have been an instance in Israel’s history when God failed to keep His word. There must be something we can point to that would justify this shameful rejection of God as their King. There must have been a crucial time when they needed food, water, clothing, protection, or direction and God let them down. The Word of God demonstrated that He has never fail His people nor will He fail us. God has never broken His Word. Joshua said it well, “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your father served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD” (Joshua 24:14).
I think about old Solomon boldly echoed the words of Joshua when he said, “Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant” (1 King 8:56). I would like you to take your Bible and read all of Psalm 78 what a commentary on Israel’s history that records God’s utter and complete faithfulness to Israel. Before, during, and after the time period of that time, God never failed Israel. God has never failed them nor will He fail us either
1 Samuel 8:5 is not against God but against Israel. The breach in relationship that 1 Samuel 8:5 gives evidence to was Israel’s failure. They did not want God’s outward reign over them nationally, ”And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7), because they did not love Him inwardly. One does not want God’s outward rule if there is no inward love for Him. How many people are like this, they don’t want God’s outward rule if there is no inward love for Him ?
Although God repeatedly stressed Israel’s need to love Him from their hearts, their love never got further than their mouths.
Does our text describe what is going on in our day? Yes. There is religiosity among many people who evidence a very obvious rejection of God’s authority as defined in the Bible. The evidences that is not
Lord among many church people abound, strife, apathy, self-centeredness, prayerlessness, and backbiting to mention just a few
Your heart should rightfully be God’s throne. He created you. If you are a Christian, He has redeemed you with the precious blood of Christ. Loving Him as He deserves means that you will gladly install Him as your King and Lord of your life without reservation.