Samuel spent his life following God. His sons watched Samuel’s devotion and were eventually appointed as judges, but they didn’t follow their dad’s commitment to God. As the Israelites watched their dishonest ways, the people didn’t trust them and revolted by asking for a human king to lead them “as the other nations had.” God recognized that the people were actually rejecting him as their king.
1. Why did the people reject God as their king?
2. How do you relate to the Israelites?
Challenge: As you reflect on your answers above, are there things about God that you reject? What are the things that make it hard to follow God? Can you begin to pray about them, and ask for God’s help?