This week we added Israel's first king, Saul, to our timeline.
As we read in 1 Samuel about the Israelites asking for a king, God makes it clear why they want a king.
It's because they have rejected Him as king over them.
"The Lord said to Samuel, 'Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you,
for they have not rejected you,
but they have rejected Me from being king over them." 1 Samuel 8:7
Samuel then warned the people what a king would do.
He would take their sons and daugthers to serve him.
He would take the best of their fields and vineyards.
He would take their male and female servants.
He would take a tenth of their vineyards, their seed and their flocks, and they themselves would become servants of the king.
Samuel went on to warn them saying, "Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day." 1 Samuel 8:18
Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us." 1 Samuel 8:19
People today are still rejecting Him from being king over them. It's so easy to set up our own "government" and make ourselves the king. The thing is we aren't as good as being king as we think we are! I've learned that from personal experience! May I be careful to keep from rejecting Him as king over me again!