Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT
Week 1 – Who’s the King?
We’re diving head-first into an incredibly rich story in the Old Testament— full of action, scandals, suspense, and plot twists! It’s the story of King Saul. Some of us might be somewhat familiar with the Old Testament, and others of us might not know about it at all … but the Old Testament is filled with some of the most incredible, captivating, and outrageous stories ever told!
The Old Testament gives us a look into the early stages of God’s relationship with humanity, and ultimately Jesus would come from Israel makes this people group incredibly unique. However, Israel’s uniqueness goes beyond the arrival of Jesus. Israel is also unique in the Old Testament because they are ruled by God, and they follow God by faith.
But there were challenges. Israel was surrounded by other nations who had other gods. As a result, Israel could only go so long until they wanted what they saw other people having.
For example, if all of your friends are dating someone, you want to date someone. If all of your friends have smartphones, you want a smartphone (unless you’re the really cool person who is still rocking a flip phone!). We see what we see and want what we want, and often, we want what we see.
After a while, Israel didn’t want to be ruled by God directly. They wanted a king!
This is that story.
“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24, NIV).
Big Idea: Jesus wants to be KING of your heart!
- We want what we want and see what we see — and often, we want what we see. Do you identify with Israel’s need for a king they see?
- Why is that, sometimes, the worst thing that can happen to us is that God actually gives us what we want?
- Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “guard [our] heart.” Have you ever allowed someone or something else to be king of your heart and regretted your decision?
- What’s keeping you from allowing God to be KING of your heart?