Now stand here and see the
great thing Jehovah is about
to do. You know that it does
not rain at this time of the
year during the wheat harvest.
I will ask Jevovah to send
thunder and rain today. Then
you will realize how wicked
you have been in asking Jehovah
for a king! 1 Samuel 12:16-17
Why were the Israelites wicked for asking for a king? They wanted to be like the other nations. They wanted to defeat their enemies. After all, the Ammonites were about to take them over and their way of enslaving them was to gouge out one of their eyes. Wouldn’t you want a king? But, for years the Israelites had been led by God, the King of Kings. They had stopped trusting in Him and begged to be led by a human king. God gave them a king, King Saul, but Samuel warned them that they had to follow the rules laid down by God and worship only Him.
Samuel told them “Now if you fear and worship the LORD and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the LORD’s commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the LORD as your God.” 1 Samuel 12:14 But as always with the positive comes the negative. If you don’t do this, then this is what will happen. Sometimes as you read the Old Testament, you almost think that the Israelites must not have paid any attention to these warnings. In verse 15, Samuel continues “But if you rebel against the LORD’s commands and refuse to listen to him, then his hand will be as heavy upon you as it was upon your ancestors.”
What are we to make of this today? We see all around us how great God is. Samuel showed how real he was by asking God to send a thunder storm in the dry period. How many times has God shown you his power and His concern for you? Have you or a loved one been healed? Do you know a recovering alcoholic who turned his life over to Christ and became sober? Has God set you on a path to prosperity or contentment? If you think on this you, will know how powerful He is, and how He is concerned about our welfare. That He has as He promised sent His angels to care for you. Psalm 91:9-11 says “If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” The Israelites saw the rain and knew how powerful God is. You know, too.
Have you asked for an earthly or worldly king? Or is God your only King of kings? Who do you turn to in time of need? Who do you expect to rescue you? God wants you to depend on Him. He has shown you what he can do. Do you get so carried away with what some new fad is telling you will “fix” your life, like supplements, or a trip to a holy place, or the latest mind expanding drug, that you forget you have the greatest power right inside of you?
I pray that you will read Samuel and look behind the old fashioned ideas and words of history and see the meaning of God’s words for today. May you be blessed with a new understanding and take all to God in prayer. He is a powerful God