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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Who is Your King? (1 Samuel 8)

Who do you choose to bow the knee to? Today we each have a choice in who will be our king, who we will bow the knee to.


The prophet, Samuel, was the last judge over Israel. When Samuel was old, the people decided they no longer wanted God to be there king. They were no longer willing to bow the knee to God. They wanted a king like the other nations had.


1 Samuel 8:5-7 “Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.” 6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting Me, not you. They don’t want Me to be their king any longer.”


Could it be we often make the same choice today?


Rather than wanting to bow the knee to Jesus and submit to Him as our king, we either want to be on the throne ourselves or choose someone else to bow the knee to, like other people do.


And Jesus, actually allows us to make that choice, today. But there are consequences to that choice. Who we choose to follow and bow the knee to, determines how we live our lives, what our priorities are, and how we view right and wrong.


What a gracious and loving Creator God, who actually allows us to make that choice in this life today. But a time is coming when everyone, small and great will bow the knee to Jesus alone as king.


Philippians 2:10-11 at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Dear Lord, Thank you for giving us the choice in this life today in who we will bow the knee to, who will be our king. Lord, You have not only given me life, You have freed me from my sins and given me the choice of where I will spend eternity, with You or forever separated from You. Lord, I choose You! I choose to bow the knee to You alone, this day and every day and for all eternity. Thank You for loving me, saving me, and being with me this day to guide and protect me. Give me the strength, Lord, to live today wholly devoted to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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