Do you ever wish you could win the lottery or become as famous as your favorite celebrity? Do you spend time daydreaming about how your life would be if just one or two of your circumstances were more like your neighbor’s? As the old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for, it may come true.”
Illustrations of the results of that saying go back a few thousand years to when the leaders of the nation of Israel asked the prophet Samuel, “make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 1 Samuel 8:5b (NKJV)
Then God proceeded to warn them what would happen if they chose the kind of king that everyone else had. But, still they wished for a king. God told Samuel to “heed their voice” but warned them that the king would:
- Take your sons into war
- Use slave labor
- Seize the best fields and vineyards
- Impose a 10% tax
Instead of waiting on God’s plan and direction, the people thought they knew better than God and insisted on their own plan. We are free to choose, but we are not free from the consequence of our choices. So, when the people of Israel insisted on a king, they had to live with the hardships that resulted from Saul being king.
It’s the same for us; we think we are smarter than God when it comes to our lives. We want to be God instead of letting God be God! God didn’t create Israel to be ruled by a king, but by his Prophets. He didn’t want them to “fit in” with all other nations, but to be set apart. Likewise, we have to stop trying to fit in places, when God has designed us to stand out. The things that make you different are the things that make you important, significant, and YOU. God’s timing and plan produce the best results, so trust Him and be confident that your Heavenly Father knows what’s best for you.
Dr. Derek Grier
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