Day 18: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Written by Pastor Kristiana

Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word. 

READ: 1 Samuel 8:1-9 

Israel, God’s chosen nation, was asking for a change. They no longer understood that God had their best interests in mind and they wanted to look like the nations that surrounded them.

We are so influenced by those around us. The way we dress, speak, and react are all images of things we have seen others do. And the need to fit in is within all of us. I remember being a teenager and wearing basketball shorts because… well, no other reason than everyone else was doing it. I didn’t play basketball, I didn’t watch basketball, I had nothing that matched my basketball shorts. I’m not even sure I liked the look of it. I just wore them because I wanted to look like everyone else. Now, as an adult, I still do things to look like others. Sometimes it’s something as small as ordering a salad just because “everyone else is” and other times it’s doing things that go against what God is calling me towards, with the desire to fit in. 

The need to look like others is a direct result of losing sight of what God is calling us to. It is rejecting His Words and saying we know better and we want control. For God to be the ultimate King of our lives is for us to surrender to His plan. To allow Him to govern our actions instead allowing the world to dictate who we are. 

REFLECT:  What are some things that you do simply because the people around you are also doing? In which ways might you be rejecting the Word of God in order to look like people around you?

PRAY: Father, you are my King. I admit where I have lacked trust and wanted control. Help me see where I have followed others instead of allowing you to govern my life. Teach me how to relinquish control and become who you have designed me to be. Amen.

FAMILY MOMENT: Write up a list of tangible characteristics of Jesus that you can embody this week.