Aug. 22, 2019

Our "King Saul"

 

“They said to him, ‘You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.’ 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. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.’” 1 Samuel 8:5-8

I love to hear Christian people try to justify that God wouldn’t grant something if it wasn’t His will. Uh…. have you even read the bible? There were all sorts of things that happened in the bible that were not God’s will and He certainly didn’t grant them. Sometimes God gives us exactly what we pray for knowing that our prayers have very little to do with Him. They are more about us.

God constantly deals with two very strong issues: 1) the selfish rebellion of His people, and 2) Satan’s influence on mankind. So, when you are quick to say, “God is in control,” or “God willed it,” think again.

One such case in the bible is the appointment of King Saul. Saul came from a very wealthy, influential family. He worked for his father. Despite his position in society, I don’t think Saul ever envisioned himself as Israel’s first king. Saul, like all of us, did some good things but did some bad things. I guess it depends on your ears, your eyes, and your mind how you describe the reign of King Saul. Some say he was extremely jealous, insecure, had a problem with rage, and to put it bluntly, was “bat crazy.”

I’m sure others will come to his defense and blame outside circumstances on his slow decline into la-la land. That’s what we do. We read the bible and declare we know exactly what it says in order to defend our will. We listen to the news if it agrees with our will. And, we defend anyone we think is going to carry out our will.  Where is God is the mix? He’s off to the side shaking His head. God knows that anytime we look to a human leader to “fix it,” we turn our heads away from Him.

Sadly, we don’t even realize when we are doing it or when we have done it. Even if we do realize it, we aren’t about to admit it. We’d have to admit we had a sudden brain glitch in our spirituality. How else do we explain our willingness to do something dumb.

This is a picture of our President. He came from a very wealthy, influential family. He worked for his father. Despite his position in society, I think he was just as surprised he won the Presidency as were many of God’s children who continue to live in shock. Like King Saul, the man does some good things and he does some bad things. That’s called being human. We choose to hear with our ears, see with our eyes, and allow our mind to figure out what we think of this man. But, one thing is certain: He is extremely jealous, insecure, has a rage issue, and to put it bluntly, is “bat crazy.”

You, brother or sister, just keep right on defending this man. I realized a long time ago that God will correct the mistakes His children made. He always has; He always will.

Someday we will realize this isnt about which side won. This was always about whether God’s children would uphold His principles or tweak their own.

Attention, God: Clean up on Aisle 7.