“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.” (1 Samuel 8:7-8)
Ever since the beginning of time, humans have always wanted visible saviors. Seeing has always been believing. If we can’t see something or someone, then they don’t exist. The ancient Israelites were not immune to this line of thinking. They had a history of seeing God move and do amazing things amongst their people. They had countless stories of God saving their people over and over. But, that wasn’t good enough for them because they always turned to visible saviors, whether idols or eventually kings.
The verses above record the time when Israel wanted a king, a visible leader to guide them. Samuel was not happy about this because he knew the real story. Samuel knew the people were turning their backs on their true King, God himself. God expressed the same sentiment when he said the people had rejected him as their king.
If you know the story of King Saul, the first king of Israel, you know it didn’t go well. Saul turned his back on God and tried to do things his own way. This is what constantly happens with visible saviors. Their weaknesses are eventually revealed. We begin to see their limitations and their powerlessness to save us. Only the invisible God can save us from not only ourselves, but sin and death, enemies that are unseen.
Colossians 1:15 speaks of Jesus when it records, “He is the image of the invisible God…” God accommodated us by making himself visible so that we could see what a real Savior looks like. Jesus made our salvation tangible and shows us that we can throw away those other visible saviors that we constantly run to.
Question: Do you trust in the invisible God even though you cannot see Him?
Challenge: Memorize Colossians 1:15.
Prayer: Invisible God, thank you for making yourself visible to show us the true way to salvation.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League