Focus Scripture: Judges 9:8-15
Did you know that the bible has a story that starts with the words, "Once upon a time?" Sure does. This classic start to a fairy tale or folk tale is found in today's reading in Judges, in the New Living Translation.
Once upon a time the trees decided to choose a king. . .
And so begins a biblical folk tale. The purpose of this folk tale is much the same as any other--to teach a lesson. And the lesson is be careful what you wish for because the best trees, the most productive trees, and the most respected trees do not want to be king. They want to be true to who they are. The olive tree wants to produce olives. The fig tree wants to produce figs. And finally, the trees are left with the thorn bushes as the only kind willing to be king, and the thorn bushes will control the other trees through fire the bushes would spread to the other trees.
It is a story with a common lesson--be careful what you wish for, be careful who you give authority over you.
This seems a lesson for Americans. Be careful who you give authority over you. They may not be worthy.
Prayer: Great God of all authority. Help us understand what it means to give authority to another. Help us to be wise in our choices. Help us be wise in our decisions. Guide the leaders we choose. Amen.