1 Samuel 8:19-20 – But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
In this passage, Samuel warned the people of Israel not to choose for themselves a human king. The people refused to listen to Samuel, because they wanted to have a king whom they could see and depend upon. They failed to recognize that, for hundreds of years, God had done exactly the things they wanted a King to do. God had led them to justice. God had given them victory in battle. Yet, the people disregarded the past faithfulness of the Lord, and turned from him to seek a man to be the king.
In our own lives, we must fight the same temptation that led the nation of Israel to reject the LORD. We must learn to trust in God, and not in the works of men. We do not need to be like the rest of the world. We need not trust in the wisdom or the power of the lost to help us to live. Instead, we can depend on God for purpose, direction, meaning, and protection. We must focus our lives on the eternal kingdom of God, and not on the material blessings of the world.
Dear Lord, I pray that you will help me to place my trust in you, not on the protection or comforts of the material world around me. Help me to honor you, not to turn away from you when I decide I need to take control of my own life. You are God. You are the one who will fight my battles and lead me to righteousness. Please guide me, and keep my heart focused on you and you alone.