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. 1 Samuel 8:19,20
This must be one of the most incredulous verses in the bible. The Israelites go to Samuel with a message for the Lord: “We want a king! Everybody else has a king so we want one too. He will be the one to judge us; he will be the one to lead us; he will be the one to fight for us.”
Can you imagine the disbelief on Samuel’s face, then the anger that would start to bubble and the possible questions that followed?
So… you want me to go to the Judge of all the earth who led you out of Egypt in might and power, who went before you in cloud and fire, who strengthened your hand against the nations and gave you the land of promise, and you want me to ask Him to give you a king to judge you, lead you and fight for you?”
It seems completely unbelievable and we wonder how blind and ungrateful these people are, when they can’t even see what is right in front of them.
Are we any different though? Have we never wanted what we already have? The Israelites had greener-grass-syndrome, looking at the nations around them, convinced that they had something better. We can all fall into the trap of seeing what others have and imagining that things would be better if we had that too, yet not recognising that we already have so much more.
God does not skimp on goodness and blessing among his own, and within the camp of God your every need is catered for. Wanting what is outside of God’s camp will never bring satisfaction.
We all need to look in more and out less. Maybe that means taking stock of all that God has done, all that He is doing, and all that He has promised is yet to come.
Know what you have, know who goes before you and know who fights for you continually in every battle.