But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” from 1 Samuel 8
The elders of Israel wanted a king so they could have someone to go out for them and fight for them. I think that’s a legitimate request, but what is sad is that they already had that. God had promised to be with them and drive their enemies out before them. But in this moment they were not believing that promise. They wanted to put their faith in a person they could see.
This week has been hard. I feel like our family is in a battle. And the harder I try to fight it the worse it gets. I am overwhelmed, feeling behind and defeated and I honestly just want someone to fight for me.
But God has already promised to do that. Maybe in a ll my striving and working and fighting in my own strength I am missing out on all the ways God is already fighting for me. Maybe even He is waiting on me to stop fighting…Maybe like Gideon and his tiny army of misfits he wants me to be more desperate so when He does step in He will get more glory. If I am doing all the fighting where is there room for God to do big things. Maybe it’s time to stop fighting, and wait on the Lord to fight for me.
God, I am overwhelmed. I am sorry for running off on my own strength trying to fight my battles on my own. I want to stop fighting. I Need you to fight for me. Would you come Jesus and fight for me. Would you do what I cannot today.
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every week. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).