“Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a King over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, that our King may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” (1 Samuel 8:19-20)
Israel so badly wanted a King, despite having God as their current King, they desperately wanted a HUMAN King.
In 1 Samuel 8, they wanted a King so they could “be like all the nations.”
Have you ever thought? “Why do I have to wait, she doesn’t have to? Why don’t I get to do _______ like her? How come her business is thriving and mine isn’t?” “Why don’t I just have a normal life?”
They didn’t want to be different. They begged God to do things “like all the other nations.” They thought being ruled by a ? King would make everything better, it would fix everything. I mean all the other nations had Kings.
So, they begged for a life they could picture.
Yet, God (through Samuel) showed them a better way, and outlined what would happen if a King became the ruler of Israel,
‘“He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots…13 He will also take your daughters..He will take…he will take..”’
“He WILL take.”
God was showing them that this was NOT the best option for their lives.
Yet, they still insisted. They wanted a life that was easy to picture, predictable even.
They didn’t usurp to his Kingship, his authority over their lives. They wanted their lives to look like other people’s lives. For what gain?
When we don’t do things Gods way, it actually costs us. When we don’t submit to Gods Kingship over our lives, then we risk NOT being set apart, different. Your circumstances with God won’t look like the world, yet it’s for your best. Let God’s word be the final word, not your comparison to someone else’s life.