Seek God’s Guidance 1 Sam. 8:4-6; 10:20-24; 12:13-15,20-23 Sept. 28, 2008
Does God want us to sense His guidance? Of course! So why don’t we act under His direct guidance over and over in our daily lives? Every Christian today can Seek God’s Guidance and follow similar steps of those outlined in this lesson. Of course we must Seek His Guidance.
1. Seek God’s Guidance Through . . Presenting Your Thoughts. 1 Sam. 8:4-6
A. Present Your Thoughts Through . . Confrontation With The Leader. 8:4-5
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and went to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not follow your example. Therefore, appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have."
B. Present Your Thoughts Through . . Calling Upon The Lord. 8:6
6 When they said, "Give us a king to judge us," Samuel considered their demand sinful, so he
prayed to the Lord.
Many times a need arises for someone to confront the leader of the church, country, or organization. This must be done in the proper spirit. In our text the people properly confronted Samuel with their request to have a king. The people pointed out the age of Samuel and the fact his sons did not follow his example. Isn’t it sad that Samuel walk with the Lord and lead the people in a spiritual manner. The Ryrie Study Bible suggest three reasons for the people wanting a king; (1) the corruption of Samuel's sons, (2) the desire to conform to the pattern of others, (3) the need for a military commander (8:20). Samuel thought this request was sinful and took it to the Lord in prayer. Along this line of thought; Our convention is urging 40 days of prayer beginning September 24th and ending November 2nd just before the election. I think it is a great idea.
2. Seek God’s Guidance Through . . Polling The People. 1 Sam. 10:20-24
A. Polling The People By . . Tribes. 10:20-21
20 Samuel had all the tribes of Israel
come forward, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected.
21 Then he had the tribe of Benjamin come forward by its clans, and the Matrite clan was selected. Finally, Saul son of Kish was selected. But when they searched for him, they could not find him.
B. Polling The People By . . Talking To The Lord. 10:22-24
again inquired of the Lord, "Has the man come here yet?" The Lord
replied, "There he
is, hidden among the supplies." 23 They ran and got him from there. When he stood among the people, he stood a head taller than anyone else. 24 Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the one the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among the entire population."
Originally Samuel did not want a king over Israel. Neither did God. But God changed Saul so he was acceptable as a king. God did these things in Saul’s life: 1) He caused His Spirit to come upon him, 2) He caused Saul to prophesy, 3) He turned him into a different man. 4) God stayed with him, 5) God gave him a new heart. (1 Sam. 10:6-13) Because of this Samuel sensed the leading of the Lord to go through the tribes of Israel polling them to find the one God wanted to be King. He went through the tribes and he talked further to God in order to get further direction.
3. Seek God’s Guidance Through . . Practicing His Commands. 1 Sam. 12:13-15
A. The . . Introduction To Practicing His Commands. 12:13
13 "Now here is the king you've chosen, the one you requested. Look, this is the king the
Lord has placed over you.
B. The . . Information For Practicing His Commands. 12:13
14 If you fear the Lord, worship and obey Him, and if you don't rebel against the Lord's
command, then both
you and the king who rules over you will follow the Lord your God.
15 However, if you disobey the Lord and rebel against His command, the Lord's hand will be
against you and against your ancestors.
Samuel introduced Saul to the people as their King and said the Lord placed him over you. The fact that he stood a head taller than any of the rest of them; made him stand out. Samuel then gave the people information indicating a blessing for faithfulness to the Lord’s way and His commands. This information was for the people and their king.
4. Seek God’s Guidance Through . . Profitable Worship. 1 Sam. 12:20-23
A. Profitable Worship Includes A Total . . Allegiance to the Lord. 12:20-21
1. Allegiance Without . . Fear.12:20a
20 Samuel replied, "Don't be afraid. Even though you have committed all this evil, don't turn away
2. Allegiance Through . . Following.12:20b-21
“. . . from following the Lord. Instead, worship the Lord with all your heart. 21 Don't turn away to follow worthless things that can't profit or deliver you; they are worthless.
B. Profitable Worship Includes A Total . . Adoration Of The Lord. 12:22-23
1. Adoration Because God Has Not . . Abandon His People. 12:22
22 The Lord will not abandon His people, because of His great name and because He has
determined to make you His own people.
2. Adoration Because His Prophet Has Not . . Abandon The People. 12:23
23 "As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for
you. I will teach you the good and right way.
How can worship be profitable. I think it can build allegiance to the Lord. When we realize our sinfulness and know He still loves and will forgive; It makes me want to give total allegiance to Him. This allegiance follows with out fear. God nor His Prophets will abandon His. These truths will certainly motivate us to be people who Seek God’s Guidance. Amen? Amen!