Reading the passage from the book of Samuel we learn about one of the times of transition, a time when the people who had been delivered by God from captivity into a new land, wanted a new way to be governed. These difficult people were always telling God that God’s way wasn’t sufficient for them. Every generation offered a repetition of the same line, just with slightly different twists. Here they are now, wanting to be “just like all the other people.”
As a judge Samuel did everything within his power to resist this trend, but in the end God gives Samuel the go ahead to their request. There was only one condition that God placed upon Samuel...
“Now then, listen to their voice; only-- you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them."
SO here’s the big question that comes up out of the text for me: sorry if I personalize to include you. How often do we go around rejecting God’s way?
How often do you feel that someone else is mucking up the path that you feel absolutely certain is God’s way?
Obstructionists, for one reason or another to whom the Spirit of God is impenetrable, even when they mouth loyalty to God seem plentiful in every age.
How does the scripture offer an insight into the nature of God?
I’m going to leave you with that thought.