"According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee."
Recently, I have been feeling like the invisible man. Being at home all the time is a blessing, but sometimes I get a little stir crazy. I feel the need for some adult conversations. I notice myself at church sometimes just rambling on and on to anyone who will listen, because I need to talk. There have been several events recently that I have or have not attended and wondered if anyone noticed I was or was not there. I get the sense that nobody remembers me. I have concrete examples for this, not just suppositions. And when I think this way, I wonder if I am making any impact in life. I am not saying these things for anyone to pat me on the back and say, "I remember you". I am not looking to be reassured that I am important, because even when I feel like this, I know that I am important to my family and to God. It just seems like several events have led up to this post. Reading today's chapter, I think I can identify with Samuel.
Samuel is now an old man with two sons of his own. He parented them, like Eli parented his two sons. Samuel established his boys as judges when they did not have the character to be in that position. Dollar signs shone in their eyes, and it was their only motivation for doing the job. The people have had enough. They approach Samuel with a request. They want a king. They want to be like the surrounding nations. Who wouldn't be hurt by this demand? Samuel felt forgotten. He felt like all the good he had done in Israel had been disregarded. He felt rejected. God reassures Samuel that he is not being rejected, they are rejecting Him. Samuel is probably getting a sense of how God feels everyday with His people. He created them, He separated them, He gave them a unique identity. He provided for them, supplied for them, protected them but they want to be like every one else. They forget all He's done, and like a little tag-along brother, Israel wants to run with the big kids.
|Samuel's Farewell--Taken from Standard Bible Readers, Book Six|
By Lillie A. Faris, Illustrated by O.A. Stemler and Bess Bruce Cleaveland
The Standard Publishing Company, 1929