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God granting you your (no-good) request PDF Print E-mail

Devotional text: 1.Samuel 8:19-22 (ESV)

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 to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, "Obey their voice and make them a king." Samuel then said to the men of Israel,"Go every man to his city."

 Dear Friends

Asking God for something that is very near to your heart could sometimes be very challenging,especially if you look towards the things that other people have. Despite warnings from Godly friends and people close to the heart of God, people still wants what others have, because they think that life would always be greener on the other side.

After several attempts of Samuel to stop the Israelites from their decision that they wanted a king to rule over them, God eventually granted their request, knowing that the outcome of the people's decision would be devastating for them. Having a king means that you give power to one individual to rule over your life irrespective whether the individual has got your wishes at heart or not. The Israelites looked around them and thought that they would be better of, because having an individual (God) as their leader was not enough for them. Thus, although God knew what the outcome would be he still granted them their request. This led to Israel becoming a monarchy state and people had to start paying taxes to fund the many building and military projects, which has put a major strain on the people, because they had to produce crops in order to pay these taxes to the relevant institutions. As a result of that, people were beginning to be divided into classes depending on the income scale on which they were. 

We all know what happened,the people started to rebel against the state and was moaning to the prophets that life and the responsibility on their shoulders became to much to bear, because the kings after Saul and Saul himself became greedy and not considering the people at all.

You see, God seeks a relationship with us and therefore he would also grant us things that are not right in his eyes. When we moan, God does not take away, but he uses it for His goodness.In reading this devotion one cannot help but to look at prayer in a new way. What we ask for is not always what is best for us. The decisions we make always have consequences on our lives and the sad part of it is that wrong decisions can be avoided when we are willing to take heed of the voices around us, asking God to help you to make the right decision even when some of these voices tries to either encourage or discourage you.

Two voices spoke out very loudly, the one being from God to Samuel, the other Samuel to the people and again between Samuel and God before this wish of the Israelites were granted. In making the right decision, one need to be in tune with God, weigh the odds against each other. Think about it clearly, talk to God about it continually and ask him to reveal his will for you and then listen to what he has to say to you.

Yes, human beings are making wrong decisions and when it comes one starts to blame others instead of owning up to the mistakes that you have made.Life is a risk and it is through these risks that people learn hard lessons. It is through these risks that God can change a nation. This year South Africans, will be going to the polls to vote for their new leaders, like Americans did last year. Learn from the mistakes of the past to change the seemingly dark days into a new dawn, with new hope and remember whatever our decision will be, God will use to his best ability so that His will is victorious in the end. Be submissive in prayer at all times because you may never know what the outcome will be. God is Victorious.