By Linda Lee
May 14, 2020
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1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
These past many weeks I’ve been sitting with the image of riding in a car with God. He is in the driver seat, and I am sitting next to him. While I’d like to say I’m comfortably in the passenger seat looking out the window, I’m often trying to take the wheel and steer.
We see something similar happen in today’s passage in 1 Samuel. Through Samuel, the Lord instructed Saul to attack and totally destroy the Amalekites and all their livestock. There was no ambiguity in his instruction. Yet when Saul saw the quality of the plunder, and out of fear of his own men, he and his soldiers spared king Agag and took “everything that was good.” He even convinced himself that he would use it as a sacrifice to God. Without even knowing it, Saul’s own plans and pride took over, and suddenly he was driving.
When Saul was confronted with his disobedience, he did not immediately surrender the wheel. He defended what he did with excuses. The consequences of that response were tremendous - God rejected him as king.
As the Spirit has made me more aware of my tendency to grab the steering wheel, he is kindly putting his hand on my shoulder and inviting me to let go. While I have no idea what lies ahead - I’m finding a deeper freedom in knowing I don’t need to worry about that. Instead, I can settle in, and come along for the ride.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
— John 8:12
Prayer to start with:Lord, Forgive us for the times when we think we know better and try to sit in a seat meant only for you. You are the beginning and the end. You are on the throne. You are trustworthy and faithful and true. When anxiety arises in the unknown, remind us again that you are in the driver’s seat. Grant us the grace to let go of control and instead relax into your promises. Amen.