Samuel is speaking to the Israelites about their transition from a prophet/teacher/judge leader to a king as their leader. They were reminded that God rescued them from Egypt, forgave them when they rebelled, and rescued them from their oppressors by sending judges as military leaders. Now, they are receiving the king that they requested.
"Now if you fear and worship the LORD and listen to His voice, and if you do not rebel against the LORD's commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the LORD as your God. (1 Samuel 12:14 NLT)
When we go through life, it helps to remember what the LORD has done in our lives. God is the giver of all good gifts. It’s even better to remember what the LORD wants to do. God’s design and desire for us is beautiful – a Garden Walk. When we remember that God has a specific part of His plan for us to fulfill, there is only one thing left to do: follow The King.
But if you rebel against the LORD's commands and refuse to listen to Him, then His hand will be as heavy upon you as it was upon your ancestors. (1 Samuel 12:15 NLT)
Through this process, the Israelites learned a lesson that we need to learn today. It doesn’t matter who our political, social, workplace, school or household leaders are. God is the only true King. All leaders are subject to God as King. So are we. Once we get that into our minds and live accordingly, everything clicks into place.
"Now stand here and see the great thing the LORD is about to do. You know that it does not rain at this time of the year during the wheat harvest. I will ask the LORD to send thunder and rain today. Then you will realize how wicked you have been in asking the LORD for a king!" So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day. And all the people were terrified of the LORD and of Samuel. (1 Samuel 12:16-18 NLT)
How about you? Do you follow The King?