“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘give us a king to judge us.’ So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day – with which they have forsaken Me and served other Gods – so they are doing to you also.’” Samuel 8:6-8
This is nothing but a heart breaking passage. To hear God, the Lord almighty of heaven and earth, tell His servant Samuel that the Israelites’ betrayal had been a normal trend since He delivered them out of Egypt is depressing. Not just since He delivered them out of Egypt, but since that very same day of exodus – the Israelites continuously betrayed God.
“Then they said to Moses, ‘because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you Egypt, saying, let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.’” Exodus 14:11-12
The very same day. “Give us a king to judge us.” “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians.”
How insensitive is mankind towards its creator!? How is it that we continuously choose to worship every other thing over Him? Physical idols. Lovers. Money. Children. Nature. ‘The Universe.’ Karma. We will literally worship anything other than the Creator of it all.
And we have such great excuses too. We say we don’t believe in God because it doesn’t make sense to us or because it can’t be proven, yet we believe in ‘the Universe’ as an actor or in karma – neither of which can be proven. We pretend we don’t worship idols, and we scoff at those who do, but we sell our souls to our work and live chained to our office for money.
Can we just admit it? We don’t like being told what to do. We feel like we shouldn’t have to be told what to do in the first place. What’s so wrong with us anyways? ‘The Universe’ doesn’t command us to love our enemies or live in abstinence and karma is always on our side because we are perfect…right?
You and I both know that isn’t true. You know better than anyone else you are not perfect. You know better than anyone else the horrible thoughts that come to your mind – sometimes you are even shocked by them. Idols and false gods will not free you from the prison of your own making – self-doubt, insecurity, abuse, addiction, anger.
There is only one God who can give you REAL FREEDOM. And no I don’t mean running through fields, eating whatever you want, and diving off cliffs freedom because I’ve done those things and guess what? They are meaningless. Nor do I mean freedom to vote, to speak your mind, to own property – however great these freedoms may be.
I’m talking about the freedom and power to love your enemies, forgive those who hurt you, and live a righteous life – not for the sake of others, but because it is healing for you! I mean freedom and power to feel loved in the midst of your worst behaviour and at your lowest point. Healing freedom. Liberating freedom. Freedom from the guilt that comes attached to the lists of rules on how to be a good person in the eyes of someone else. Salvation that is undeserved. A free gift of Grace. Grace so amazing when it’s power dawns on you, you can’t even sleep at night out of love and gratitude.
There is one way to this kind of freedom – the real kind. It is unity with God through Jesus Christ.
It is high time that we stop trying to fill His role with useless things. Every time I see a poster talking about happiness – happiness is a cup of coffee, happiness is true love, happiness is dancing in the rain, happiness is found in the little moments – I feel really really really sad. I feel really sad that we would choose to eat a cupcake or drink a cup of coffee instead of living in the CONTINUOUS joy that comes from being in the presence of our Lord.
We are the Israelites, telling Samuel to give us a king to rule over us instead of the One who cares about every single one of our needs. The One who knows what we need, before we need it.
That is enough. We have spent enough of our lives living in our own pleasures. It is high time that we seek the Lord.
Please do not put anything else before Him. Please let us become a generation that seeks His face.