1 Samuel 4-8 (The Daily Walk Bible).
The devotional point is well taken: we have a responsibility before God to raise our children properly. When we do that there is a greater likelihood that they will turn out all right, but there is no guarantee that proper parenting will produce godly children. Our children are still responsible for their own relationships with God.
History has shown us that 1 Samuel 8:11-18 is not just about kings! The more government, the greater the need for resources, and the more restrictions on the people.
1 Samuel 5:1-5 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It is insightful and humorous! “When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.”