"Instead of being special, they wanted to be similar."
1 Samuel 8
I read this from a commentary on 1 Samuel the other day. It was referring to the Israelites wanting a king after God had delivered them from the Philistines. All the other nations had a king. They wanted to be similar, to be like them, to "fit in". How many times do we as Christians forget that God has called us to be set apart, to be special, to be different from the ways of this world. We fight it... from the moment we are born we want to be liked, to fit in, to have what others have. I wonder if it's because we don't trust Him. His plans for us may be scary, may not be exactly what we had planned or envisioned... so we settle for what we think looks good. We try to convince God that our ideas are best... "everyone else is married with 2.5 kids, a good job, and a white picket fence" None of these things are bad or unGodly, but when we lose perspective on what our goal (God's plan for us) is , we stop looking like children of the king, and start becoming like anyone else.