My Bible reading has been in 1 Samuel recently.
The people of the nation of Israel want to be like the other nations and have a monarchy form of government. God tells them that's a bad idea and even provides reasons why. They ignore God's advice. So He chooses Saul to be the king.
Really I think this is so revealing about both God and man.
Why do we have this desire to be like everyone else?
Also, on the human side I find it amazing that we treat God's advice with such arrogant disdain. I guess it isn't just God's advice either. We all joke about how our parents get smarter the older we get.
On the God side it is amazing to me that He is so respectful of us. And that's especially true given the disdain we exhibit. If it were me in the same place I would be inclined to slap people upside the head.
Next I find it interesting that sometimes God gives us what we want even when what we want is not a very good idea.
I think that's an extreme case of "be careful what you ask for because you might get it."
I know doggone well that I've prayed for things that I didn't get and later figured out I owed God a great big thank you. And, yes, there are some answers I've received that I was so happy to get that turned out to be undesirable.
I admit that I find the story of Saul to be puzzling but I think I am beginning to grasp a few things.
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