Looking in the Right Direction


1 Samuel 8:21-22, “When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. The Lord answered, ‘Listen to them and give them a king.’”


“Don’t look around when you should look up!”

Have you ever misplaced something only to find it in the most obvious place? Lose your keys that are in the other pocket? Looking for your sunglasses when they are on top of your head? I think all of us at one time or another miss the thing that is “hidden in plain sight.” We know what we’re looking for, but we’re looking in the wrong place.

In the Old Testament, God’s people, the Israelites, cried out for leadership because they longed to have a king like other neighboring nations. They had questions and they thought a king would have the answers. They asked for a king to lead them and God surprisingly granted their wish.

They knew what they were looking for, but they were looking in the wrong place.

So often we do the same thing. We look for solutions that will give quick and temporary relief, but they rarely lead to a comprehensive cure. The Israelites cried out, #WeWantAKingToo and they got their king. The problem is they should have been looking to God.


Who is running your life? Are you, like the Israelites, looking around rather than looking up? Ask yourself if you are more interested in the advice of others than you are in seeking God’s discernment. If that is the case, start looking up more than around.


Lord give me the right perspective in every situation. Help me realize that though you use others to meet my needs and give me direction, I need to first look to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.