1 Samuel 8:1-22 – When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.[a] 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned asideafter dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. 4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.” 6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” 10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a kingover us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”
“I don’t care what you say! I don’t care what GOD says! I want something TANGIBLE! I WANT to be given over to what I think I deserve and want and I won’t listen to reason! It’s MY WAY or the HIGHWAY!”
I have thought those things, said those things, and acted on those very things. The “kings” in my life represent way more than a person. God WILL give me over in a heartbeat to what I think I need or want. He is a gentleman and will not force His hand in my deliverance. We think that ANYTHINg could be quicker in bringing about a change in our circumstances…so we settle for second best. We think that when things change, surely they will get better, but are WE being the change we desire to see? We ask God to change people, to change our personal lives, to change our circumstances, but are we still living by the standards the world sets and making wrong choices because we desire to be like everyone else? I’m GUILTY. I don’t want to head toward spiritual disaster. I don’t want to reject the ONLY KING in my life for the world. Be the change you want to see and heed the WARNING!
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To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Deuteronomy 18:15-18 – The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” 17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
As I have stated in MANY passages prior, we have a KING and His name is JESUS. God began to promise us our salvation LONG before anyone even knew of a Messiah. I thank Him daily that He knows the plans for me and He WILL see them to fruition, as long as I put my trust in HIM alone and not on things or other people.
John 1:45 – Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”