| 1 May 2013 |



13 Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see,
the Lord has set a king over you. 14 If you fear the Lord and serve
and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you
and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good! 15
But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his
commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your

16 “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about
to do before your eyes! 17 Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call
upon the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an
evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a

18 Then Samuel called upon the Lord, and that same day the Lord sent
thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the Lord and of

19 The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for
your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our
other sins the evil of asking for a king.”

20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this
evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all
your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you
no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the
sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because
the Lord was pleased to make you his own. 23 As for me, far be it from
me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And
I will teach you the way that is good and right. 24 But be sure to
fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider
what great things he has done for you. 25 Yet if you persist in doing
evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”


It’s obvious that Samuel was horrified that the nation had done such
a stupid thing as ask for a king to rule them rather than be subject
to Yahweh. And it’s obvious that God knew what they were doing was
foolish. But in all of that frustration and foreknowledge, God’s
grace still shines through.

Samuel says to them: “Don’t be afraid. You have done all this
evil, yet do not turn away from the Lord…”

How often don’t we feel like we are not welcome in the presence of
the most high God because we have sinned? We mess up and instead of
running to our heavenly Father to say sorry and to ask him to help us
fix it, we hide from Him – just like Adam & Eve did in the garden. But
here’s the principle: sin should cause us to move closer to God, not
away from Him; it should cause us to be more aware of our need for


How are you and God doing at the moment? Is your relationship amazing,
or are you struggling a little? Are you close to Him, or have you
moved? And if so, is it because of sin? If so – stop being silly. Stop
feeling unworthy (you are unworthy! There’s nothing you can ever do
about that, but His grace has sorted that our). Be honest with him.
Say sorry. Ask Him to help you fix it. Keep serving Him.


Lord I’m sorry that I’ve allowed my sin to get in the way of our
relationship and I’m sorry that I’ve hidden from you. Please
forgive me, and please help me to fix the things that I’ve been
doing wrong. Help me to come back to intimacy with you. Amen.

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