John Hutton – King of IsraelGuest Posts
1 Samuel 8:6-7 “But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king”
In the book of 1 Samuel the people of Israel asked for a king. On the surface, it seems that there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, all the other nations had one! Yet God’s reaction may come as a surprise to us as he shows displeasure at their request. Israel was His own special people and He was their God. He was to be their king.
But it is interesting when you actually picture what this would look like practically. All the nations of the earth would have had kings. There would scarcely have been a nation on earth void of a man to fill such an important position. You can imagine them asking: “Who is your King Israel?…Don’t you have one?“
Israel would have looked like sheep without a shepherd, a people without a leader. As I pictured this, I imagined this like a SPACE that would normally be filled. Just like in this passage I believe God may often desire us to leave similar ‘spaces’ in our lives for Him to fill and work in.
He may even engineer your circumstances so that He has to fill the gap!
In your life, there are ‘spaces’ for Him to work in so he can have all the glory. An opportunity for Him to display His power and strength in your life. A chance for Him to be seen.
During my time at university, I have graciously been given opportunities to lead worship and preach at my church, Lancaster Free Methodist. However far from these always being nice ‘easy’ experiences I have often found this scenario arising; a preach only coming together at the last minute, or uncertainty about a set-list before a worship time that required faith that God would show up and work it out.
The Bible itself describes many situations when His people were required to believe that God would come through for them, often in the face of great peril.
Remember God leading the Israelites to the Red Sea whilst being chased by the Egyptians? Remember Elijah before the people pouring water over the sacrifice, confidently declaring that God would show up and burn the offering? Remember the fiery furnace and the lion’s den in the book of Daniel?
These men and women didn’t know the outcome of their situations as they trusted God (not always in perfect faith too!). For us, the Bible says the only way to live is by faith. In fact, it’s the only thing that pleases God! (Hebrews 10:38, 11:6)
So often we want to be in control of our circumstances that we don’t give God the opportunity to really shine and come through for us. We’d rather know that everything is under control than give a little room for “let’s trust God in this part”.
Today you could be facing a hole in your finances, needing a breakthrough in your relationship or simply have ‘something missing’ in your life that you haven’t yet found.