Backing Off

Maybe I’ve mentioned this, but I’m reading through the Bible. The English Standard Version. Anyway, I just read about when the children of Israel asked the prophet Samuel for a king. Samuel was a bit put out, figuring the people wouldn’t need a king to tell them what to do if they just followed God. So, Samuel talks to God about this predicament.

God says, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” (I Samuel 8)

My take on this is that God doesn’t treat us as though we are pathetic human beings who can’t make decisions on our own. What Samuel heard was his interpretation of God, as a loving, patient, willing and able God that cares for and provides. Samuel backed off and made them a king.

This attitude concerning God is better than the attitude that expects human beings to be spiritual beings, completely, right now, perfect.

We can be assured, that if we don’t entirely understand a situation, we can ask for, and receive, an answer we do understand. It’s okay that we don’t understand as much as Samuel or Christ Jesus. They set examples for us to aim for and we reach it quicker being honest about where we are today.


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One thought on “Backing Off

  1. holly March 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm Reply

    This is so helpful for me right now! Thank you!

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