And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. – 1Sam. 8:7 KJV
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The scripture today is the reaction of God to a decision made by the Israelites and communicated to Samuel. Samuel who had replaced Eli as the priest of God had presided over the spiritual affairs of Israel, and his tenure was marked by peace and progress for all. Due to age and probably without consulting God, Samuel appointed Joel and Abiah, his two sons to act as judges in order to ease the work load on him. Unfortunately, these two sons decided not to walk in the ways of the Lord as they were very corrupt in the way they managed the affairs of the people of Israel.
This attitude of Samuel’s children, as expected, did not go down well with the people so they approached Samuel to express their feelings. Had they limited themselves to accusing the two judges, there probably would not have been any issue but they had also taken decisions which they presented to Samuel which was that they needed their affairs to be run by a king going forward. Their decision indicated that they were not only rejecting Samuel’s sons as judges but were also rejecting Samuel too.
This latter part of their decision like any other person, got Samuel depressed as he presented their request to God. God however saw things differently as He concluded He was the one being rejected by Israelites. He went down the history lane, reminding Samuel of how that reaction was typical of them right from the time he led them out of Egypt and his decision to grant their request. They should however be prepared for a treatment that was far worse than those two judges may have been accused of, from their choice of leadership.
In reacting to unacceptable situations sometimes, Christians take steps that put them in direct confrontation with God. No matter how right they may be to react, God always demands that we leave the way out of the situation to him but we sometimes show that we have a right to take decision that we think best suites us.
A little error of judgement on the part of that boss, a little unexpected result from that project, a little misbehaviour on the part of that friend or a little act of indiscretion on the part of that partner and similar errors make us take decisions over existing situations that we did not know how it came about.
The implication is a situation worse than the one we were complaining about and leaves us very distraught. No matter how discomforting the situation may be, Christians must learn to wait on the lord after presenting their case as any other action will amount to rejecting the Lord. That is why the bible, in such situations always advises us to be still.
Nothing can justify that decision that you took without waiting for the Lord.
While reading this, it may have occurred to you that you really took a decision at some point without waiting for the Lord and that probably was the beginning of the present challenges you are going through, it is not too late to go back to God seeking His forgiveness as there can be no other solution. You it was that unknowingly rejected him by your act of impatience. You are also the one that will need to go back to him in total submission asking for His mercy which he will grant you if your return is genuine. He may not always get us what we lost due to such impatience but there is the assurance that his replacement will be one we will always be proud to have.
May God grant us the wisdom to wait for Him so as to avoid an act that will make us reject Him in Jesus name. Amen.