Be Careful What You Ask For

In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites begged Samuel to give them a king. They wanted to be like the other surrounding nations that were governed by kings. They were not satisfied with having a prophet to lead them. Samuel warned them what having a king would do to them and how their society would change. But they refused to heed the warning and said they still wanted a king. The Lord gave them what they asked for—and things soon changed. 

This is not meant to be a political stance. I’m just observing how there are times when we think we know what we want or need and clearly that’s not the best plan for us. Have you ever done something that at the time seemed right but later it proved wrong and even harmful? The best way to avoid that situation is to lean into wise counsel. Ask the Lord for guidance and wisdom and then do what He says. Seek His ways first. 

Be careful what you think you want especially when someone the Lord has sent to help you is telling you otherwise. God provides us with resources and instruction to avoid pitfalls. 

Consider…are there areas in your life that you have forced something to work?  Have you asked for something that goes against what you know to be true or right? Are you giving in to those around you because things look better over there?

Challenge yourself to listen to wise counsel and be careful what you ask for!

 ~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a weekly beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at 

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