Many times we people – all who were made by God in His image and likeness want what we want, and we want it now. Nothing has changed since the Garden of Eden, and the fall of Adam and Eve; at least in the matter of our wants.
When it comes to leadership of kings, presidents, or despots we all have our own idea of who or what we want to lead us. The same was true in the day of the Judges, and God raised up a judge and a prophet by the name of Samuel. He was a man who had the heart of God, and was jealous for God; and by that I mean he did not want the people to trust anyone else but God; neither did he want anything else for himself.
The verses we look at today are of when the people decided they wanted a king… “Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations” was their cry (1 Samuel 8:5). “Like all the nations” is the key phrase which should cause us to see the ire or Samuel. They wanted a king so they could be like the surrounding nations. Hear the word of the LORD…
“But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken Me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:6-9 (KJV)
Sometimes God gives us what we want, even when He knows what it will do to us. Sometimes God gives His children a million dollars, and they end up losing it all because they did not have the wisdom to know what to do with it; but they wanted it. Sometimes God saves the life of a child gravely injured in an accident, but the child is alive only not living on his/her own strength; they got what they wanted.
In the case above the king that was chosen was to show them the manner of king that would reign over them, and that would be Saul. Saul turned his back on God. He eventually hated even David a shepherd boy who would be God’s appointed king, and of whom Jesus Christ would be an heir to the throne.
My heart and mind has determined that I want what God wants for me; and I will be perfectly content and at peace with that. What about you? It can start by calling on the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God, God the Son for salvation. Do so today.