Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: 1 Samuel 8.6-9
Samuel prayed to the Lord, and 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. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.’
Reflect: The chief priests who condemn Jesus are the latest in a long line of God’s people to reject God’s leadership and insist on human leaders. God warns the people that a human leader will always be an inferior shepherd, will often work for their own gain rather than the common good, and that when we place our trust in humans rather than God, we will always be disappointed.
What are some ways that you have experienced disappointment in human leaders? Did that help you to re-order your trust, or to give up trusting, or some other reaction?
God, though, however faithless we turn out to be, is always faithful. When we fail one another, we can trust that God will never fail us. What would it take to put your trust in God?
Pray: Psalm 146
Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;on that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,the sea, and all that is in them;who keeps faith for ever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign for ever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.Praise the Lord!