First Samuel chapter 8 gives us insight about the dangers of trying to be like other folks. First Samuel chapter 8 lays down a time in the history of the children of Israel where they had no King but they operated via THEOCRACY. Theocracy simply means God served as their king, but they were not content with having GOD as their king they wanted to be like other nations and have an earthly king. Think for a moment they had the ALL-powerful, ALL-resourceful, and ALL- sustaining God as their king and it wasn't enough for them. Isn't that just like us:
· God blesses you with transportation but you go get into debt behind a car because you want to be like someone else.
· God blesses you with shelter but you go get into debt behind a house because you want to be like someone else.
The moment we take our affections off of God and focus them somewhere else is the moment we enter the danger zone. If you keep reading you will discover that God granted them what they asked for. However, they would soon discover that being like the other nations wasn't all they thought it would be. Let us learn this lesson and be content with who God has made us to be and the provision that God has granted us.
Scripture Reference: 1st Samuel 8