Give Them What They Want
I Samuel 8
Intro: In two days, America will choose the president that will lead us over the next four years.
Over 75 million people have already cast their ballots. In the next two days, America will let their voice be heard.
We live in a country where the population get to choose their leaders.
We will get the leaders we choose.
From the local and state level, all the way to the White House, we will get what we want.
Our system is set up where multiple candidates get to make their case, and we get to choose who we believe.
In this story, we find the mystifying reality of God’s will versus man’s will.
God is an all-powerful God, yet He allows His creation to choose contrary to His will.
A. The Petition to Samuel – vs. 4, 5 “make us a king to judge us like all the nations…”
B. The Prayer of Samuel – vs. 6 “…And Samuel prayed unto the Lord…”
C. The Protest of Samuel – vs. 9-17 “…yet protest solemnly…”
God gave them what they wanted.
Multiple times in this chapter, God said, “Give them what they want.”
SEE Vs. 7, vs. 9 and vs. 22
I. Their Reasoning – vs. 1-5
Notice the spiritual decay in the land.
His sons – the judges – walked not in his ways.
They turned aside after lucre and took bribes.
They perverted judgment.
This was not just the opinion of a few elders – this was a fact.
It was the spiritual leader’s fault that they made this decision.
It was the lack of integrity, loss of morality and justice and judgment that brought this about.
Their reasoning was simple – what we’ve got is not working. Try something new.
Their reasoning was clear in verse 5 – you’re old, and there’s nobody like you coming up in the ranks.
Their reasoning was “Having a king can’t be any worse than what we’ve got now.”
I wonder how many people choose not to accept Christ because of the poor example of the Christians they know?
I wonder how many people don’t go to church because of all the hypocrites they see in church?
I wonder how many people don’t want a pastor because of all the corruption in the pulpits?
How many people don’t want to serve God because the people they see serving God are miserable?
They don’t want to get involved in ministry because there doesn’t appear to be any benefits?
These elders were willing to throw away the entire system because of the corruption and perversion of a few.
II. Their Rejection – vs. 7
The thing displeased Samuel.
He took it personal.
But God put it in perspective.
They have not rejected thee; they have rejected me.
They didn’t want God ruling over them any longer.
They chose to dethrone God in their minds and replace Him with another.
Make no mistake – the decisions you and I make in our lives ultimately come down to us and God.
What are we going to do with God?
III. Their Refusal – vs. 19
Samuel protested solemnly.
He expounded on the foolishness of their decision.
He did everything he could to change their minds.
He warned of the long-term damage to their family, their fields, their fortunes.
He left out nothing.
NEVERTHELESS – THE PEOPLE REFUSED TO OBEY.
God’s response was – GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT.
IV. Their Regret – vs. 18
Samuel was blunt. There was no question in his mind what would happen.
He told them, “You will regret your decision.”
The day will come when you cry out because of your choice.
You will wish you could go back and choose again.
You’ll wish you had listened to the voice of God and the voice of God’s man.
You will wish you had not turned your back on godly wisdom and counsel.
But it will be too late.
The Lord will not hear you in that day.
NOTE: Proverbs 1
- 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
- 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
- 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
- 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
- 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
- 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
- 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
- 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Conclusion: God still gives us what we want.
He lets us vote.
We get do decide on whether He is Lord and Master in our lives.
We get to vote on our eternal destiny.
You get to have a say in where you spend eternity.
You get to vote on whether you live in God’s will or not.
We know God’s will:
- 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
It’s God’s will for you to be saved, but you get to vote.
It’s God’s will for you to be Spirit-filled, but you get to vote.
It is God’s will for you to experience God’s blessings in your life, but you get to vote.
- Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
What do you want this morning? You get to vote.