Last weekend, Pastor Wayne continued the Samuel series by unpacking 1 Samuel Chapter 8. If you missed the sermon, watch it here.
In the first three verses of this chapter, we see an old and weary Samuel attempting to hand the reigns of his leadership to his sons, Joel and Abijah. Despite Samuel’s faithfulness to God, his sons chose a path more like the path Eli’s sons (Hophni and Phineas) chose.
- As you reflect on Eli’s and Samuel’s families, who or what comes to mind in your life? How may God be prompting you to pray for that situation today?
- Joel and Abijah put their personal gain before serving the people they were appointed to lead. What should their response have been? What should godly leadership have looked like for them?
When Samuel’s sons failed, the elders of Israel gathered to figure out their next steps. While it was wise for them to reject Samuel’s sons, their request for a king was unwise. God had great plans for them and had been faithful to them despite their lack of faith; yet they still wanted to be like the cultures around them. As Pastor Wayne talked about this weekend, they pursued the wrong source. In our brokenness we often want what the world has instead of being transformed into the image of Christ.
- How do you see this idea at play in your own life? What might God be directing you to address in the way you live and think? What would it look like to change that? What will it mean if you don’t’?
- Samuel’s response to this request was to turn to God and seek his guidance. When you are displeased with life’s circumstances, what does it look like to turn to God? When you see the ungodly motives of others, how should you respond?
LET THEM HAVE IT
God knew that having a king was not best for his people. He knew the people would look to a king to provide for their needs instead of looking to him. He also knew that having a king would mean the government would take from the people. Yet, he let them have a king knowing what it would cost them. Even then, he did not abandon them. He still was the one to appoint their king.
- Have their been times in your life when God gave you what you wanted even when it wasn’t best for you? What did you learn in those times?
- How has God looked out for you, even when you have gone outside his desire for your life?