1 Samuel 12
At the end of chapter 11, the people had made Saul king. Now Samuel is addressing the people. He acknowledges that the people have wanted a king and he has anointed one for them. He asks the people to bear witness that he has been a good leader and has never cheated them. The people agree that Samuel has led them well and they agree that he has not cheated them. Then Samuel begins to remind the people of their history. How God used Moses and Aaron to save them from Egypt. How, when the people turned from God, He would then let them be conquered until they cried out again and then God always sent a leader to rescue them. Samuel also reminds them that, up until this point, God has been their king and men have been leaders, but now they have asked for a human king. Samuel warns that this could be the beginning of rejecting God, but if they and their king continue to follow God, He will protect them. However, Samuel warns that if they disobey God, He will allow bad things again. To remind the people of Israel of God’s power, Samuel asks God for thunder and rain. That would be powerful at a moment’s request, but according to the description of the time of year, rain was very rare and unusual so this is even more miraculous. The people became fearful and asked Samuel to pray for them because they realize by asking for a human king they have shown doubt to God. Samuel reassures the people that God is not angry, but they need to be careful that both they and their king are obedient to God. Samuel promises to continue to pray on their behalf and to continue to teach them the right way. Finally, he once again reminds them to be obedient.
Do you need lots of reminders like the children of Israel? Does your mom have to remind you to make your bed or do your chores? If she doesn’t remind you, is it okay you forgot? No! We are responsible for our own jobs. We are lucky when we have people who love us enough to remind us to do things, but we are responsible for our actions!
Have each child choose one thing that they are responsible for and see if they can do it without reminders for 1 week. God loves it when we are responsible for our actions!!