Thought for the Week.1-31-16.Give Us a King
“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ So Samuel prayed to the Lord” (1 Samuel 8:6).
The prophet Samuel no doubt knew God’s attitude toward this rebellious demand from the people before he ever prayed to God. God was the ruler of the people, and He wanted it to stay that way.
This demand really speaks to an aggressive attitude the people had developed and to their moving away from depending on God as their only ruler. That is what displeased God. They wanted to be like the other nations that had a king, and God wanted them to be His unique people who continued to rely upon Him.
God wants the same from us today. He wants us to depend on Him by relying on the instructions in His word and by showing our devotion and dependence on Him through prayer and faithful service. May we ever be such a people.