Knowing God's Will For Your Life - Christian Daily Devotions - April 18 2007

Knowing God's Will For Your Life - Verse of the Day :
And the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them."
-1 Samuel 8:7

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : Acts 19

Evening : Samuel 7-9

Knowing God's Will For Your Life

Although Samuel was the undisputed spiritual leader of Israel, the people rejected his leadership. One reason was because Samuel committed the same mistake as Eli, the former high priest.

Just like Eli, Samuel appointed his sons to top leadership although they were ungodly and dishonest. And he failed to discipline them and remove them from the office when they took bribes and perverted justice in the temple.

If change doesn't come top down by revelation, it will eventually come bottom up by revolution. In the end, the people of Israel used the failure of Samuel's two sons as an excuse to force him out of leadership.

They could have gone the spiritual way and prayed for a God-given solution to their nation. Instead, they wanted a charismatic king just like the heathens around them.

But God wanted Israel to be led by spiritual leaders--His prophets and priests--not by a king mandated by popular demand. So they were in effect rejecting God Himself!

April 18 - Knowing God's Will For Your Life - Christian Daily Devotions

You must be very careful when you want something very badly from the Lord. Because when you want it badly enough, God may give you. However, you must be ready to face the consequences of your requests. That is why prayer must always be according to the will of the Lord.

Sometimes your prayers may not come to pass immediately, it may be because it is not God's best for your life. But if you stubbornly insist on it, God may grant your wish, even when He knows it is bad for you. Psalm 106:15 says, "And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul."

You must make sure that the desires of your heart are in alignment with the will of God, that you heart is in tune with the Holy Spirit's. Knowing God's will and what you are seeking is also what the Holy Spirit desires for your life. Otherwise, you may live with regrets later on.

Despite the repeated warnings Samuel gave about the danger of having a king, Israel refused to listen. Eventually, God granted them their wish. Saul became their king ... and what a terrible leader he was for the nation.

Take the time to think about God's will for your life. Ask the Holy Spirit for His will. Know His heart, know His mind, be in tune with Him.

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