(We) the People Want a King!

There is an extremely relevant passage back in the 9th book of the Bible, in the Old Testament and it is found in 1 Samuel chapter 8. In it the prophet Samuel was also serving as a judge over the people of Israel at that time. It tells us that when he was old he “made his sons judges over Israel…yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.”

The elders of Israel, then, rightly rejected the sons’ behavior and leadership saying, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge over us like all the nations.” THIS WAS A BIG PROBLEM. Why? Samuel was quite displeased when they (the people of the land and their representatives) asked for a king and he prayed to the Lord. Almighty God responded by saying, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but THEY HAVE REJECTED ME from being King over them.”

We as a nation have done this not once, but twice and we seem on course to do it a third time! The first time was when the majority of us put our hope in a man who disappointed us terribly, albeit we did it in ignorance. Worse still, and incomprehensibly so, we did it again by reelecting the same man even after having witnessed the wanton and previously-unparalleled, never-before-seen lawlessness of our current and first only “king” (as the fruit of his actions bears itself out). Now, however, the pendulum is swinging the other direction towards a candidate on the conservative side, rather than the liberal side. Though I align myself politically with the conservatives, the right’s allegiance and hope in the long-held front-runner is misplaced.

The relevance I mentioned in the first sentence lies in the fact that America is on extremely shaky ground in the natural realm as well as the spiritual realm. In fact, our spiritually-diseased condition is being seen, heard and felt in the visible world. In our hearts, words and deeds we are sending the loud and clear message, “Give us a king!” We don’t want THE King, the Creator, the Lord God Almighty. We want someone else. Almost anyone else, as a matter of fact. It is extremely reminiscent – the Lord just spoke to me- of a New Testament passage found n John 18: 39b-40 when the people were asked by Pilate, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?’ But they cried out, ‘Not this man [Jesus], but Barabbas!’” Again they did not want THE King.

While we must never put our hope and trust in simply a man, it is quite clear that we as a nation, and virtually the entire world along with us, have not changed in our hearts since man first chose to disobey and thus show who or what we want to rule over us- our sinful nature, what the Bible calls “the flesh.” This is no secret to the Lord Jesus Christ and that’s why He declared in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find [choose] it are few.” As when the people of Israel rejected God and He gave them Saul, God gave us Barack Obama (in response to our wishes). Look where that brought us because a then-majority’s voice was heard. Now it seems we still have not learned to want a true king, and a new majority’s voice will be heard. And God will give us__________? He or she may not be any better, but different. When will we want God? Ever? God speak to your hearts. Ruminate on this a while.

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