When Samuel was alive the people had asked for a king like the people of other lands had. So God, with some important advice to them, gave the people what they asked for; a king. As it turned out there were many kings; one after another. Some, such as Uzziah, “Did what the Lord said was right.” Others, like Zechariah, “Did what the Lord said was wrong”.
One lesson in this long saga of the kings, is that we can ask for what we want, but will it be what we need? We should be careful what we ask for, and beyond that, why we want it.
Lord, I do want to be careful what I ask You for. I know that You know what is best for me. Thank You for caring for me, and for guiding me. AMEN
I will give thanks to my Lord and pray to Him. I am so glad that I am His, and because I seek Him, I am happy. Psalm 105
They Had Asked For A King
2 Kings 15:1-4, 8-9
1 Uzziah son of Amaziah became king of Judah during Jeroboam’s twenty-seventh year as king of Israel. 2 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he ruled fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother was named Jecoliah, and she was from Jerusalem. 3 He did what the Lord said was right, just as his father Amaziah had done. 4 But the places where gods were worshiped were not removed, so the people still made sacrifices and burned incense there. (2 Kings 15:1-4 NCV)
8 Zechariah son of Jeroboam was king over Israel in Samaria. He ruled for six months during Uzziah’s thirty-eighth year as king of Judah. 9 Zechariah did what the Lord said was wrong, just as his ancestors had done. Jeroboam son of Nebat had led the people of Israel to sin, and Zechariah did not stop doing the same sins. (2 Kings 15:8-9 NCV)
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