Be Careful What You Wish For


The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

–1 Samuel 16:1 NIV

In the Old Testament, we learn how Israel asked to have a king to rule over them. The prophet Samuel was growing old and appointed his two sons as Israel’s leaders. However, these sons did not follow after their father Samuel; they were evil, dishonest, and only out to help themselves while taking bribes and corrupting justice.

The elders of Israel came to Samuel and wanted a king like other nations had. Samuel prayed to God. In 1 Samuel 8:7 (NLT) God answered Samuel, “‘Do everything they say to you,’ the Lord replied, ‘for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.’” So, the prophet Samuel anointed Saul as king of Israel. However, during his reign, Saul did not do what was right in God’s sight and was not a man after God’s heart. Eventually God rejects Saul for his disobediences and ends Saul’s reign over Israel.

God gave you free will, but some of your choices are not always God’s plan for you. Don’t make decisions that are not based on godly principles. God is the King who will never disappoint, and He always knows what is best for you. Pray and seek Him with all your heart.

Prayer Focus

  • Place your life in God’s hands when making decisions, and trust He knows exactly what is best for you.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for strength, wisdom, and guidance.
Rosemary Valentino

Rosemary Valentino

Rosemary has been a Christian for forty years and loves the Lord. She is blessed with a loving husband, two children and five grandchildren. She is humbled to be able to write devotions and share God's word. She gives Him all the glory.
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