Letting Go

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Scripture reference;

1 Samuel 8 ESV

Israel Demands a King

8 When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey 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. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

Samuel’s Warning Against Kings

10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

The Lord Grants Israel’s Request

19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, 20  that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. 22 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

 18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:18-19 KJV

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We get things wrong sometimes. Sometimes people will forgive us and sometimes they won’t. Then there are times when we have done no wrong at all, yet we find cold shoulders on nearly every turn. It hurts deeply when that happens. However, the Lord loves us very much, and he brings people along at just the right time who will also love us.  We make things much harder on ourselves than they have to be. Let it go.  Look right over your shoulder! Isn’t that the Lord motioning for you to come near? He wants to give you a hug and whisper something in your ear.

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11 thoughts on “Letting Go

  1. Linda says:

    The cold shoulder hurts no matter how well we know the Lord. Nobody likes to feel rejected. But when it comes to giving comfort, He’s the best there is. Thinking of you, Theresa… Hugs.

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh, this is such a lovely word, Theresa–sounds like it comes from a mama’s heart. Yes, some days we’re just more sensitive–to hurts, especially; but I’ve learned that it’s usually “just a day”, and not a big life-impacting thing for me to get worked up about. I do love it when God uses me to say a nice word to bless and encourage–that’s probably my fave earthly thing. Hope you’re having a wonderful day, Sis–God bless you abundantly!

  3. Debbie says:

    Dear wonderful woman of the Word . . I read this and just felt weights drop off. Let it go . . . 😀 Thank you for blessing us here, in this soft and safe place. God bless you and yours and love on you tons today!
    love you!

  4. God Bless you too, Deb. I feel the same way when I read at your blog. 🙂

    Love,
    Theresa

  5. Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    Look right over your shoulder! Isn’t that the Lord motioning for you to come near? He wants to give you a hug and whisper something in your ear.

  6. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful and timely reblog! Just this week I received some harshness when I was doing my best to help. It kind of shocked me and threw me off for a few days, until I could hear God telling me that it’s a ploy of the enemy to get my focus off of Him. That helped me to let go and turn to Him more, in thankfulness and praise.
    Thank you, our woman of the Word and God’s comforter!
    love you!
    deb

  7. I’m so sorry that you were treated harshly. 😦

    But I’m so glad you you were able to hear God reassuring you. 🙂

    Love,
    Theresa

  8. Theresa, again how God’s word brings the encouragement we need at just the right time…Thank you for sharing these thoughts of comfort in Him, who loves us and came at just the right time~

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