Devotion for Sunday May 18th

1 Samuel 8:18-22 (NIV)

18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”

Be careful what you ask God for, you might get it.  Jesus told us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray; “Lord your will be done.”  God was angry with Israel for asking for a King for more than one reason, but let us look at a few.  One was they wanted to be like everybody else.  God calls us to be holy.   God teaches us that holiness means to separate our self from something to something, with God that means from sin to Him.  You most likely will not fit in with the rest of the world.  We are to go to God to solve our problems not the government.  They did not want to be bothered with praying but wanted let the government handle it.  It is also easier to get the government to cave in to popular opinion where with God it is not so easy.  We can create a government (god) in our image and let the government dictate morality.  The big difference is God will do what is best for us, but government will do what is best for itself to survive.  Pastor Jeff Lane

(Humor)        Church Sign posted

The potholes in the church parking lot will be filled next week.  In the meantime, welcome to the holey land.