Prayer, not Panic

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

“Israel demands a king” J. Winter

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Samuel 8:1-22

TO CHEW ON:“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, ‘No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.'” 1 Samuel 8:19,20.

The people of Israel were tired of being the only nation without a king. At least that’s what their elders make it sound like when they come to Samuel begging for a change in government style.

Samuel is hurt. It feels to him like the people are rejecting him. (And in a way they are, for his two corrupt sons, the fruit of his own fathering, are the catalyst for the peoples’ request.)

But God makes it clear that Israel’s rejection of the judge mode of government isn’t a rejection of Samuel or his sons so much as a rejection of God himself and His sometimes unorthodox (e.g. a cloud by day and fire by night, judges like Samson and Gideon) but effective methods.

Please go over to Violet’s blog to read the rest of Prayer, not Panic.

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Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

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