[CF Devotionals] 2017-06-05 - What Would Samuel Say?

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1 Samuel 8:1-10, 19-22

I recently retired after a long career in public service. It felt right to have my sons take over my post as judge. My two sons, Joel and Abijah disappointed me, however. They did things I never would have thought of doing. Their actions embarrassed me.They took bribes and fell into a world of corruption. I think of Eli's sons, who also turned from Godly influence. Eli was my mentor when I was younger. Now sons of mine have shunned justice and right living. Is this my fault? Did I put too much pressure on them, or did I not spend enough time with them? I don't want to make the same mistakes Eli did.

Eli's family was severely punished for his sons' sins and for Eli's passiveness. I need to help my sons see the errors of their ways.

Joel and Abijah's actions affected lives. Innocent lives hung in the balance, and all for my sons' selfishness. I believe they are worthy of a second chance. I have no doubt they would prove to be decent, law-abiding citizens and fair judges. The administrators didn't have as open a mind as me and wanted a governing king instead of appointed judges. I felt this was a bad idea from the start. I sought counsel from God. God told me, in essence, the leaders were rejecting Him and not me. God wanted me to warn the people, and so I did. It didn't change anything, and the people would get a king.

I was going to continue to think well of my sons and see promise in them, just as God does for you and me.

My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment, for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions. (Proverbs 4:1-2 NIV)

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