Thursday Feb, 22, 2018
Read: 1 Samuel 12:19-24
19And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” 20And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. 22For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself. 23Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 24Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
WHAT IS VALUABLE?
Last year the stock market shot through the roof. I admit, I am a junky and check it almost daily. I was pretty excited as my GuideStone retirement account went up. And I’ve been less excited of late as the market has corrected and money evaporated. I’ve put to much value in the value of stocks. This stuff goes up and down and changes over time. It a “thing” that gets my attention, because I place value, importance and a sense of security in it.
The people in Samuels time were experiencing some devaluation. Israel had turned from God and each man had done “what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). This hadn’t gone well for Israel. At the same time they’d experienced some natural disasters that had cost them. So they wanted a new KING to make Israel great again. Maybe just to prosper them and make them comfortable again. Oh my, I love my comfort! They weren’t sure what they needed, but they wanted things to be better and they thought a king might do the trick.
Sometimes we get caught up looking at what we value and run past the One of greatest value, Jesus Christ. Sometimes we spend our time pursuing our comfort rather than serving the Lord with all our heart. Jesus is not just valuable, like a stock that will improve the portfolio, He is the portfolio. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and in Him we find abundant life. Without him, we may have stuff, but we have nothing of value. Jesus has done and is doing great things for us – let’s not miss that.
Father, lead us back to you, to esteem you and our relationship with you as most valuable. Don’t let us be caught up in the pretty or the profitable, the shiny and new, but let our desire be satisfied in you. Amen.