"But when they said, 'Give us a king to lead us,' this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 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. 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. 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 (1 Samuel 8:6-9)."
If ever you feel so inclined to read the books of Judges and Samuel, you will see the cycle of sin and salvation clear as day. Now, think about this point in Israel's history, when the people are wanting a king (man) to rule over them. They wanted to be like other nations; their enemies even, who had "mighty" kings ruling and leading. As God told Samuel, "they have rejected Me as their king." Really people? I can certainly understand Samuel's displeasure in this. Think about! It wasn't enough that they had THE ALMIGHTY GOD, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, leading them. It was not enough for them to simply serve the God, who took and used nobodies with staffs, raised voices, bare hands, and bare minimums to defeat army after army, nation after nation, bringing them into freedom and glory. After a history of victory with the one true God at the helm, we still wanted a MAN to rule over us, so we could be like everyone else. Crazy, right?
Let me say this: As a servant of God, believer in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, YOU ARE NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!! Israel refused to hold to this truth and found themselves, often, at the mercy of worldly man stuff. When you put faith in man, you are limited to man's ability. Man is not God, so there will be much failure and falling short when man is your chosen god. Yet, even in such mistakes and poor choices, God never hesitates to come when we call on Him, with repentant hearts and souls. Over and over again, God brings us out, and over and over again, we turn our backs on Him.
Obedience to God, is what gets us victory (Read up on Moses, Joshua, and Gideon for starters.). In this day and age, we believe more in our politics, social media, tv, etc, more than we do God. We believe in ourselves, more than we do God. I am so grateful that God is not One to grow weary or tired. God saved us then, and He saves us now, through Jesus Christ. IF, we as a people decided to live by the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we'd find healing across the land. We'd find the unity that this country has NEVER had. We'd find no poverty, no fighting, no hate. We'd find the Way, the Truth, and the Life God has always intended for us. Why is that God is never enough for us??
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams