By Mark Flattery
Today's Scripture: I Samuel 8:1-9:27
Central Thought: The desire to be like those around us can rob us of our spiritual distinctiveness.
Public opinion can be very strong. There are times when we want to be like everyone else. We want to dress, talk, act, and live in the latest style and show that we are current and not out-of-date. While this attitude is acceptable in most areas of life, we must remember that our standard of living comes from the Bible and not from current fads.
The Children of Israel were not faithful to God's commands but instead 'mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.” This compromise resulted in their blatant rejection of God's love.
In I Samuel we read that Israel wanted a king so that they could 'be like all the other nations.” In doing so, they moved from being led by God to being led by man. Samuel warned them that this would be disastrous. Yet, their desire to be like the others overrode their desire to be set apart for service unto God.
While we must seek to be involved in the lives of those around us, we must never forget that Jesus is our Bread of Life. He alone sustains us. He alone is the source of our strength. Once you accept Him as your Savior and Lord, you are freed to live by His standards, for His evaluation alone is the only one that matters.
Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask that I be more like You. Help me to be strong in following You, no matter what others may think or say.
Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 8:1-9:27; John 6:22-42; Psalm 106:32-48; Proverbs 14:34-35