God’s people asked God for a king. The elders of Israel went to the prophet and demanded a king so they could be like the other nations. God told the prophet what it it would cost them. It was a very steep price that a king would exact from his people.
The people wanted a king anyway. God told the prophet, “Give them a king.”
I wonder if God laughed out loud when the peoples of the world wanted republics and democracies. Sometimes it seems that we bit off more than we can chew in this whole business of self government.
Please have mercy upon us as we embark upon a year of presidential campaigning. Please grant the parties and candidates some civility and cast out the demons of bitterness and acrimony.
Grant us the wisdom to turn off or shut down the bombardment of ads that are surely coming our way and read your holy word more and more in the year to come.
Please bless America and send your Spirit to guide us back to you!
When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.