This is a reflection from 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a.

This is a story when Samuel was the judge of Israel. Prior to Samuel time as a judge, Israel were defeated twice by Philistine and the Ark of the Covenant was stolen by them. Samuel led Israel to get back the Ark.

However when Samuel become old, the elders of Israel insisted for Samuel to ask God to anoint a king. This is what they say:

“Now that you are old, and your sons do not follow your example, appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.”

This request somehow speaks to me. Many times I asked God to grant me something so that I can be like other people. For example, currently I am working in university.  In research work, PhD degree is a must to have. When I have the opportunity to do PhD, somehow I feel the need to have that as well, like other people. Other people may have condominium, car, and millions of dollars in bank that they can feel financially secure. If I don’t have those, I will feel insecure and ask God to give me that. Some people may call this a social pressure.

So when I read this passage, few things come to my mind. First, I could relate what Israelite request to my life situations. I request another King other than God, because I want to be like other nation. How tempting it is to see what other nations have when they are ruled by a king. At that time God is their King and the Judges are God’s representative.

I remember asking God to give me a more tangible or physical security, such as money, car, house, etc like other people. I want to be like other people who can feel financially secure, I think God is unable to provide me with that.

When I compare to the other nations, I can sense the envy start to grow in me. They have what I don’t have. They experience what I don’t experience. They seems to be happier than me, which leads me to ask God, please make me to be like them. I want to be like them, I want to have a king like them. It blinds me  from knowing the fact that I have a King, the Almighty God.

Through Samuel, God has warned the Israelite what will happen if they are ruled by a king. God also warned me, what will happen if I make other thing become a king in my life. The Israelite did not want to listen to this warning, and thought that they can pay the price so that they can satisfy their envy to be like the other seemingly more powerful and prosperous nation.

How many kings that I have enthroned in my life. It is a reminder to me that there is a King who is the true King of my heart, of my body and of my soul. It helps to assure me and to belief that I have to enthrone only one King. The King who loves me unconditionally, who has made flesh his love and who died for me.

This is my homage to the King, Jesus the Christ.

Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum”