The Israelites asked Samuel to appoint someone as their King. God was already their King. So, the LORD instructed Samuel to tell them what would happen with an earthly, human king. Samuel told them. It would not go well.
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." When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king." Then Samuel said to the Israelites, "Everyone go back to your own town." (1 Samuel 8:19-22 NIV)
They heard everything the LORD had to say to them, but they did not listen. They chose to have a human king instead. God warned them, as we saw yesterday, “When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the LORD will not help you" (1 Samuel 8:18 [NLT]). It begs the question even for us today, “Is it too late to make God my King?” Some teachings from Jesus’ brother might provide some insight here.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:5-8 NIV)
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 NIV)
A double-minded person is one who is trying to serve two kings. James makes it clear that we can turn from our double-mindedness and turn to God alone as our King. When we do, we will be given wisdom from God. When we do we will draw near to God. When we do, God will draw near to us.
How about you? Have you made God your King? Have you washed your hands of other kings and made God your only King? It’s not to late to make God your King.