Israel had had enough. The people were sick and tired of government corruption. They demanded Samuel replace their judges, his two sons, with a king. Israel’s real motive was revealed in their response to Samuel’s warning: “Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” (1 Samuel 8:19b-20). They prayed for greener grass.
Though Israel’s plea contradicted God’s plan, God gave them what they wanted. This came back to haunt them. King Saul didn’t live up to their expectations. Our lusts never do. When we decide we don’t want God’s best, He’ll sometimes give us what we want. But what we receive is nothing compared to what He wants to give us. We should be willing to wait for His best.
Maybe you’re tired of living on God’s side of the fence. The grass of the world’s prestige, wealth, and pleasure looks greener. Your next-door neighbors look happier, drive better cars, and even have enough money for lawn service. From their appearance, they’re doing just fine without God.
God loves us and withholds nothing from us that we need. Rather than praying for greener grass, we should thank God for loving us enough to provide what we have.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.