1 Samuel 8:19
“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;”
Israel made the tragic mistake of rejecting God by wanting to have a king to reign over them like all the nations that surrounded them. God granted their request for a king, but it didn’t mean that God wanted them to have a king. In fact, God protested through Samuel’s preaching about their desire, but they still chose to have a king over God’s guidance.
Many people find themselves justifying the will of God through circumstances than by following God’s Word. Throughout the years, I have watched many people leave God’s will because of how they justified God’s will only to regret the decision to leave His will so they could get what they wanted. In this story of Israel’s desire for a king are several lessons about God’s will versus your will.
First, the grass always looks greener on the other side. Israel looked at how all the countries around them seemed to be happy with a king, but they were looking from the other side of the fence. Everything always looks good at a distance, but that doesn’t mean that what you see is reality. Most of the time, where you are is much better than what you see on the other side of the fence.
Second, just because you can doesn’t mean you should do. Just because you can go to the other side of the fence doesn’t make it right. God gives you a choice to do what you want, but what you want doesn’t always make it right to do. With free choice come great responsibility and greater consequences. You better be sure that what you do is what God wants and not what you want.
Third, just because God consents doesn’t mean that He agrees. God gave Israel their desire, but it didn’t mean that He agreed with it. God will often give you what you want, but God’s consenting to your desires doesn’t mean He agrees with what He consented. God often gives you what you want because you are going to do it anyway. God’s consent to let you do what you want to do doesn’t mean that it is right. You may get what you want, but you may not like what you get. You may get what you want, but you may be stepping into God’s judgment instead of God’s blessings. When God consents, you had better be sure that what He consents for you to do is truly what He wants you to do and not what He is allowing you to do.
Fourth, just because opportunities fall into place doesn’t mean it is God’s perfect will. The Devil will often allow opportunities to fall into place just to get you out of God’s will. Always understand that God’s will is not based on how agreeable the circumstances may be, but it is based on His Word and desire for your life. God frequently doesn’t allow the circumstances to fall into place immediately just to see if you are willing to trust Him. Be careful that you don’t base God’s will on the agreement of opportunities.
My friend, God’s will is where you will be happy. Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Instead of telling God what you want to do, you would be wise to ask God what He wants you to do. Stay busy doing what you know is His will, and He will give you the way to go without you having to create a way that you justify as His will.