When Samuel heard all the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” – 1 Sam 8:21
The people ask for a king, of course the irony is that they already have a King, God. They were warned that this king would claim portions of their lands, the children, their families and their food. Yet they beg Samuel for a king so they can be like all the other nations. They want a replacement for God, He isn’t doing a good job.
When things are bad and the chips are down, it is easy to cry out to God. We cry out because we have no semblance of control in our lives and we need something more powerful to guide us. However, when things get better, I am always amazed at how quickly people bring back their idols and toss God out the window.
In the best of times is the hardest time to remember that we need God. One way to do that is to remember to be thankful for what you have. Remembering that the good times are a result of the blessings that God has poured out upon us. Yet, in the good times, we often time think we got here by ourselves and we are doing a great job without God.
God had just defeated the Philistines for Israel and yet they cry out for a king that can lead their armies in victory. They have not been grateful for the deliverance and therefore forget where their provision comes from. Even in the warning that Samuel gives them from the Lord they ignore the warning and want a king anyway.
It reminds me of being about 5 and crying and throwing a fit for ice cream. My mother told me my belly would ache because I had already eaten too much. But I did not listen to her and I cried for the ice cream. So, she gave me the ice cream and sure enough about an hour later, there I was crying about my belly.
God says, if you cry out for me to let you go, I will. But I don’t want to hear your belly aching later on when the stuff I told you would happen, comes to be. “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.” (1 Sam 8:18) If you make your bed you will have to sleep in it says the Lord. I don’t know about you but I want the king sized plush bed that I can just sleep in with all comfort, that is found only in God and His plan. Help us Lord to remember that in the Good times as well as the bad, help me to always be thankful for your plan in my life.
To God Be the Glory,