Today’s narrative Lectionary reading brought me to 1 Samuel 8:1-18. The people complain to Samuel and demand that they have a king to rule over them like the other nations have. Then “the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.” Samuel goes on to tell the people exactly what will happen to them when a King rules over them. The King will tax them and force them to work for him, as if they were slaves.

Isn’t that ironic, and just like us humans. God gives us a life of freedom, and we demand slavery.

Yet,even in our shortsighted and fearful decisions, God provides. God worked with, through, and against the kings of Israel,even to the point of making a covenant with the house of David.

I think about our churches–with our various denominational divisions and doctrinal distinctives–and wonder how far off we are from the freedom that God intends for the world. Yet, he works in, with, under, against, and for us to bring about redemption and hope. May we know the King who sets captives free today, and may we walk in that freedom,

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