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What’s Wrong With Us?

Weekly Devotionals

What’s Wrong With Us?

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”  (1 Samuel 8:8)

As Samuel is growing older, he appoints his sons judges over Israel, but they fall into corrupt, only seek self gain, and in the process they pervert justice.  As a result the counsel of elders of the people of Israel decide that it is best for them to appoint a king to judge them.

Samuel gives one last warning to the people. He tells them that this king will reign over them, they will have to fight his wars, plow his ground and reap his harvest. Their daughters will labor as his servants as cooks this king will only take the best for himself. Samuel warns that they will essentially become his slaves.

Even still, the people refuse to heed Samuel’s warnings, and insist on having a king rule over them instead of the Lord.

When I read this passage, I was thinking, “what’s wrong with these people? It doesn’t make any sense.” But then the more I thought about it, I realize that how often we do the same.

John Calvin said that our hearts are “idol factories.”

We look to these other things to make us feel valued and loved. We take comfort in our personal achievements and financial security. We place our trust in these things because it alleviates our fears and gives us a sense of control. We become so set in our ways and what we think is best for us, that these things become what enslave us.

Keller writes in his book Counterfeit Gods,

“The only way to free ourselves from the destructive influence of counterfeit gods is to turn back to the true one. The living god, who revealed himself both at Mouth Sinai and on the Cross is the only Lord who, if you find him, and truly fulfill you, and if you fail him, can truly forgive you.”

I pray that we can reflect on this passage this week, and make Christ the real king of our hearts.