This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can go against God’s will just to fit in.

In this series, we’re talking about embracing God’s will and how we can sometimes miss the mark. I began thinking about this as I read in 1 Samuel about how the Israelites compared themselves to their neighboring countries.

In the story, the Israelites noticed that these neighboring countries all had kings, so they wanted their own king. Even though God was their divine king who had delivered them time and time again, they still wanted a human king to fit in with their neighbors. It’s the classic case of trying to keep up with the Joneses, so to speak.

However, God granted the Israelites’ wish, and Saul became their king. Saul started out as a decent king, but over time, he began to reveal his true colors. He ended up putting the Israelites in harm’s way because he disobeyed God’s commands.

Even though God granted the Israelites’ wish to have a king, He knew their desire to fit in with their neighboring countries would not turn out well for them. Therefore, take a moment today to think about something you might be pursuing for the sake of fitting in, but that you know is not God’s will—at least at this time in your life.

As you might be on the fence about which way to go, carry these words on your heart: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye loving on you.” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, ignore that desire to fit in and embrace God’s will.