But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” – 1 Samuel 8:19-20 (NIV)

It is much easier to be simply told what to do than to wrestle with a relationship with God. When faced with the choice between God leading His people or an earthly king, the people of Israel preferred the hardship of a human ruler who they could see over a God who is invisible. Are we so different? Much of our pain comes from looking to others to fight our battles for us, but Samuel reminds us that God Himself wants to guide us in the midst of hardship.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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