In 1 Samuel 8, the people of Israel demanded a king to rule over them. By this, they rejected God’s sovereign rule and requested His creation rule them instead.
They failed to realise that it is better to have God as your king than men who are flawed.
They requested a king to rule over them so that they may be ‘like other nations’. Nations whose kings judge them and fight their battles. They rejected the King for His servant boy.
19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said. “No! But there shall be a king over us, 20 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 Sam 8:19–20
We shake our heads in dismay and talk about how foolish the Israelites were after seeing so many signs and wonders. But we are just as guilty! God has given us our own unique paths, He has chosen us, set us apart from the flock and given us a unique life and purpose. Yet we yearn to be ‘like other nations’.
We want a straightforward career like others, we want to marry at 25 like those who surround us, we want their lives or their bank accounts. But God is saying to us, NO! Those are not the things I planned for you. I will elevate your career myself, I will pick your husband/wife (and s/he will be great), you will spend from my own pocket. Like He did with the Israelites, He warns us of the dangers of our requests but still we demand what we regard as the norm. When we do this, we reject God and His sovereignty over our lives.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.” 1 Sam 8:7
They rejected God’s perfect plan for a mediocre one due to comparison. We are all guilty of this. We lose focus of what God has promised, what He has said and what He is doing. And then we chase what others are doing.
We need to stay focused on our own paths, His plans for us and no one else. We need to nip comparison in the bud because it would rob us of God’s special plan for us.
You are special, you are unique, you are beautifully complex. Embrace your path, no one can do you better than you can.