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1 Samuel 8:1 - 8:9
1. When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel's leaders.
2. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.
3. But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4. So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5. They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."
6. But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.
7. And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.
8. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.
9. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights."
Reflection
The Place of Politics (8:1–9)
As Samuel grows old, he installs his sons to serve in his role, but they do not walk in his ways. The people are concerned about their future so they demand a king to rule over them, which God views as an act of rejection. Although He knows that a king will not solve the problem of poor leadership, the Lord instructs Samuel to give the people what they want. We live in an age that is suspicious of authority because of all the corruption and abuse we see from those in power; even the word “politics” seems to have negative connotations. It is therefore more important than ever to remember that, ultimately, God is in charge. He has a purpose for elected officials and heads of state: they are His servants commissioned to do His will. When we see our leaders work for the good of their people, we should praise God, our sovereign King.
Application
- What is your attitude toward your current ruling government? How does your Christian faith inform your political views?
A Letter to God
Intercede Together: Papua New Guinea

Capital: Port Moresby
Population: 9.6 million
Major Religions: Protestant 64.3%, Roman Catholic 26%

Papua New Guinea (PNG) occupies the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. It is one of the world’s most culturally diverse populations, with more than seven hundred languages spoken. The nation faces a wide range of challenges ranging from corruption to natural disasters to tribal violence. The vast majority of the population is Christian, but witchcraft and spiritism are also widespread. There is a need for Bible translation programs as God’s Word is not yet available in many of PNG’s native languages.

Prayer Points
• Pray that the church in PNG would be united in diversity and grow in maturity through gospel-centered discipleship.
• Praise God for the ministries and translators working to make the Bible available to the many different people groups in PNG.

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