"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: 21-22It didn't turn out so great -- this king thing. On down the line, there were a lot more kings that lead the people astray than led them closer to the LORD. The LORD knew the best thing was for the people to allow Him to let Him rule over them, but He decided to let them have the consequences of their own choices.
How many times have I begged and pleaded with God to let me have my own way because clearly, to be like everyone else seems like such the good thing sometimes? How many times have I turned to the protection and leadership of man instead of the protection and leadership of God? How many times have I begged and pleaded (perhaps even stomped my foot a few times) for something and God let me have it just so I could experience what that path really felt like?
I want to be in a place spiritually where I am careful what I ask for. I want to put away my stubborn state of mind and submit to what He wants for me instead of demanding my own way. I want to look to Him for my ultimate security and His idea of what it means to live a successful and full life.
What about you? Have you ever pleaded with God for something and then, after He has given it to you, you have realized that it wasn't what you wanted after all?
P.S. Normally I would inject a personal story into this post but I ran a 10 mile race today in humid, warm weather and I just want to go to bed now. :)
Linking with the lovely Michelle at Graceful.