Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Sometimes the worst thing we can get is exactly what we want. If I got everything my heart has ever desired, I would probably not be better for it, and neither would you.
My children tend to think they know what is best for them, but then they make dumb decisions. If I allowed my three-year-old daughter to make all her decisions today, she would stay up late, eat junk food, and watch cartoons all day. I’m sure she would have a lot of fun, but the consequences of this fun wouldn’t be good. She would get a tummy ache, eventually develop health problem from sugar consumption, not brushing her teeth, and not exercising. My daughter would never learn to read, and would become unkempt. In short, my daughter if left to her own devises may seem happy in the short-term, but would be miserable in the long term.
If I, as her parent, know what is best for her, I am going to pursue that with all my heart and strength. She might not like picking up her room, eating healthy, brushing her teeth, and learning self-discipline, but these things are necessary for her wellbeing. I love her far too much to allow her to be lazy and make a mess out of her life.
Don’t you know our heavenly Father is far more concerned about our wellbeing than I am of my daughter. Matthew 7:11 – “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
God knows what is best for you. He made you, knows you intimately, and interested in what is going on in your life. Everything God does in your life is for your good. It may not seem like it at times, but it always is.
Israel thought they knew best, and desired a king. With their attitude they demanded to be like all the other nations and peoples around them. They didn’t want to be a nation led directly by God anymore… they wanted to have a human king. They thought they knew best, and God was just trying to hold them back.
Of all the forty-two kings Israel had, only ten were called good by God. David, Solomon, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Amaziah, Azariah, Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah are the only kings called good. The other thirty-two kings were evil. Less than twenty four percent of the kings were good, I think God knew what He was saying when He warned them kings were a bad idea.
The people were persistent even after hearing the warning from Samuel, and God gave them what they wanted.
We need to be careful when we think we know what is best for us. When the Word of God, the Man of God, and the Spirit of God are all trying to lead you away from something, don’t be so foolish as to keep trying to pursue it. There is likely a reason God is leading you away from it!
Today, make the decision to follow the instructions of the Lord for your life, even if they don’t fully make sense to you. It might not be something you are particularly fond of, but your Heavenly Father knows what is best for you.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 4 - 8
1 Samuel 8:7
“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.”