Only fear the LORD,
and serve Him in truth with all your heart;
for consider what great things He has done for you.
1 Samuel 12:24
The first few verses of 1 Samuel 12 are a reminder to Israel — and us — how the people were in bondage in Egypt and how the LORD came to their rescue. Instead of making the LORD King over their lives, though, they soon forgot Him and went their own way. When trouble came, however, they remembered Him and cried out to Him for help. Does that sound familiar?
“We want a king!” — They longed for a king to be set over them even though God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, was their King. So the LORD has set a king over them. The prophet Samuel told them to Fear the LORD. Serve Him. Obey His voice. Do not rebel against His commandments. They were not to turn aside from following the LORD, but to serve the LORD with all their heart. Verse 24 (see above) also says that we ought to consider what great things He has done for you.
We are quick to reply: “Yes! Amen!” What, however, if a short while later things go wrong, people begin to disappoint us and our connection to the LORD seems to be on hold? Then we easily fall into focusing on whatever went wrong in our life instead of considering the many, many blessings that we have received from God, don’t we? We just can’t wait — any longer. “How long, O LORD?”
Waiting for the right time has been one of Saul’s problems in 1 Samuel 13. He went ahead and did things in his own timing and his own way, and due to this foolish action his kingdom would not continue (vv 13-14). We don’t like to wait, do we? We want things to happen in our own time. Impatience will often have negative consequences. Those who wait on the LORD will not be disappointed and renew their strength — we are told in Psalm 37:1-11 and Isaiah 40:31.
Another thing I have noticed in today’s reading is that we so often look at “numbers” (as well as size and outward appearance). God’s Word says that the LORD can save by many or by few (1 Samuel 14:6). If He is for us who or what could ever be against us?
Consider what great things He has done for you!