Finding a King
Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 Samuel 9:1–9:27
Most people spend most of their time on most days not thinking about God. There is so much that is ordinary and mundane that fills our lives – eating, sleeping, traveling to work and school, cooking, entertaining ourselves – and in those mundane times, we are not looking for God. We expect God to show up when the stakes are big: in the hospital, before a big exam, when the pressure is on at work, or when we are making a really big decision. That is when we think we need God, and then we assume God has to pay attention and give us what we want. But the truth that is revealed in the Bible is that the Lord is always sovereign. He is always paying attention. He is always involved in the lives of His people. The story of Saul in 1 Samuel 9 is a good reminder of this. What seems like an ordinary course of events is actually an extraordinary thing that the Lord is doing. What we see as “regular life” is the eternal Lord of the universe working out His decree. This is what is going on as Israel is “Finding a King” (1 Samuel 9:1-27).
I. Be Careful What You Wish For
A. A King For Israel
B. A King Like the NationsII. The Truly Sovereign God
II. The Truly Sovereign God
A. The Little Story
B. The Big Story
III. The Truly Compassionate God
A. He Knows Our Need
B. He Does Not Let Go
Questions for consideration: (1) When was the last time you prayed for something, and then realized that receiving it was not good for you? How has that changed your prayer life? (2) Why do you think it is so easy to miss God in the small details of our lives? What can you do to keep God’s sovereign care in your thoughts? (3) Why do you think the Lord does not deal with you according to what you deserve? What does that tell you about His character?