Reference text :1 Samuel 8:4-7,10-22

1 Samuel 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

When people want things done for them, the first thing they often do is to ask. If that does not work, the secondary resort is to negotiate some sort of ‘win-win’ situation. If this still does not work, they then begin to look into closets to identify any hidden skeletons or bags of secrets and weaknesses that can be exploited to get that which they want and this often leads to the use of force and threats.

Israel’s desire for a king was so immense that their leaders had no problem rubbing it in Samuel’s face that his own sons were among the reasons why they wanted a king. This was relevant because for a person whose single word had never fallen through, his own sons had become his achilles’ heel. I am of the view that his sons were not as bad until they were appointed to positions of power (because their father would not have appointed them judges)- then they forgot all about how to live right.

Even though the decision to not follow their father’s way was intended for their own benefit, it played a deciding role in influencing another chapter of the story of Israel: the reign of kings. What is even more interesting to see is the amount of influence ‘other people’ had on the decision to want a king: right from the bribery and perverted judgements of Samuel’s sons, to the desire to be ‘like other nations’. Both are classical examples of how much other people can have an impact on the choices we make.

My dear, we are often of the view that the things we do are events in isolation: that they have no impact on other things, they stand alone and thus affect only us. However, today’s text tells us otherwise, even going as far as suggesting that no event hardly ever stands by itself, pretty much like a domino effect where that apparent standalone action or decision, is nothing less than the starting point. So my dear, next time you want to do something, just pause for a moment and take a peek into the near future to see what effects those actions can have.

Remember # Every single action has a knock on effect on other situations.


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