The people of Israel wanted a king. God was already their King, but they didn’t see it that way. So, they asked for a human king. They were asking to serve two masters. The LORD gave them one last chance before giving them what they wanted. He told them what would happen with a human king.
So Samuel passed on the LORD's warning to the people who were asking him for a king. "This is how a king will reign over you," Samuel said. "The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. Some will be generals and captains in his army, some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle and donkeys for his own use. (1 Samuel 8:10-16 NLT)
God warns us before we experience pain and suffering. From the first warning to Adam about the forbidden tree to the final warnings in the book of Revelation about the fires of hell, God tells us ahead of time what will happen when we rebel against Him. All too often, though, we do not heed His warning. We do not listen. The results are not good.
He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 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 8:17-18 NLT)
How about you? Do you try to serve two masters? Do you allow more than one ruler in your life? Have you experience the negative repercussions of it? Which ruler do you serve?