The story of the nation of Israel begins with God leading slaves out of Egypt. God gives them bread in the wilderness, quail for meat and water to drink. God leads them to their new home. Then, for over 200 years, God gives them people like Gideon, Samson and Deborah to guide them. But this was not enough. The people looked around and saw that other nations had kings and queens. So they complained and grumbled to Samuel. “We want a king, just like everyone else.” Samuel told them that they had God, which was enough. But they insisted that they had to have a king.
In the end, they got a king, not one that they would have chosen, but one chosen by God. They got a king, not because God granted their every wish, but because God wanted someone strong to save them from the Philistines.
I am so thankful that God does not automatically grant every wish or desire I voice, no matter how suitable I may think it is at the moment. I am also thankful that God takes our abilities and talents and uses them according to God’s vision for the world.
Humbling God, thank you for using us as agents in the shaping of your future. Amen. — VSR