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Wanting A King

"But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, 'Give us a king to judge us.' So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, 'Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them' " (1 Sam. 8:6-7).

For those of you who have studied the Old Testament, we know that as long as the people of Israel were faithful, God blessed them. The people, as we have read, had a problem with this and continually fell away. They thought that a king would solve all of their problems. Samuel took their desire for a king personally, feeling that the people had rejected him. In today's verses, God set him straight. For what its worth, people all over the world today are ruled by governments. They are often a source of good for people, but many times, not so good. It is certain that ours in this country is one of the best, but that not withstanding, people are many times unsatisfied. After Samuel warned Israel, they still checked the box that said yes to a king. The course that they were setting was one in which they thought that they would free them from the consequences of their behavior. And even more than that, they just wanted to be like all the countries around them.

For us today, its not about a king, but about wanting to be delivered from the consequences of our behavior. It is often wanting to be like everyone else and still thinking that we can be in God's good graces. For the Israelites, having a king would be like having a "get out of jail free" card. If they did evil....."IT'S THAT KING......HE MADE US DO IT!" And so we get to the heart of the matter today. When we do something wrong, it's not the temptation's fault, it's our's for yielding. When people turn their backs on the church, some are quick to come to the conclusion that the church must be doing something wrong. It's always easy to blame the king! God wants no part of this thinking. "Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" (Gal. 6:7). When we let the way of the world be our king, trouble will soon follow. The nation of Israel chafed for years under the rule of their kings, as Samuel's warnings fell on deaf ears. Jesus and His ways are to be our only king...He is the only one to reign over us....

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