1st Samuel 8:5: “and said to him, “Look you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint us a king to judge us [and rule over us] like all the other nations.””
While driving around town or sometimes talking to old friends, I listen to all their accomplishments and see the fruits of their lives of labour. Their material possessions speak highly of what they’ve done with their lives. Then I think of mine. I compare myself to others and what I see and sometimes feel I have nothing to show for my life. I so want to be like everyone else. Can you relate?
The Israelites had the same problem. They compared themselves to other nations and wanted to be just like them forgetting and not realizing the Lord was their King Himself without a go-between. His intention for His people was to lead them personally but the Israelites wanted to be just like everyone else. They missed the blessing and significance of what they had and Who they had so granting their wishes Saul was anointed king.
Why can’t we just be satisfied and content with where we are and what we have? What is it about us that we constantly compare ourselves to everyone else and worse, work so hard to become like everyone else then when we do, find ourselves discontented with trying to be something we’re not and have what may not be ours to have?
Here’s the thing. God didn’t intend for Israel to be just like everyone else (Deuteronomy 14:2)! He didn’t intend for us to be either!
If your life doesn’t look like anyone else’s maybe it was never intended to be. What if everything you’ve gone through – all the hurt, loss, devastation, trials, etc., were all custom designed so you could learn to depend on God and know Him more intimately? Look back, do you see it? Do you see His hand in everything and see that what you have had to come solely from His hands? He helped us survive when there was no one else. He put food on our tables when there was no other way to have it. He supplied the clothes on our backs, the shoes on our feet, the cars we drive because looking back, we see there was NO OTHER explanation for it!
I don’t want to be like everyone else. Although my life looks significantly different than most everyone I know, I know this. Had it not been for Lord on my side.
Choose to be thankful for where you are and what you have, be it little or much. Truth is as we’ve seen a lot lately, in the blink of an eye it can all be gone; health can change rapidly and circumstances can, too. Thank God for His hand in your life and keep walking with Him, regardless of where you are. With Him, little is much. Believe in the you God created you to be, His child, trusting Him regardless. He wants you to be who He created you to be – His child, unlike anyone else.