“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, ‘No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles’” (1 Samuel 8.19-20 NKJV).
The people of Israel were demanding a lineage of kings like the other nations around them. Although they had the Supreme Supernatural King, who manifested Himself in many physical ways to His people; the people wanted a king that they could see, touch, hear, smell and feel. It didn’t matter that this line of imperfect kings, no matter how good or well-intentioned, would be nothing compared to their amazing Father-God who created them and loves them. This temporal, physical earth has a very strong hold over its inhabitants, and we find it extremely difficult to esteem our unseen God more than the people we can define with our five senses. But we have a sixth supernatural sense who is the Holy Spirit inside of us, and one of the Holy Spirit’s purposes is to give us discernment to distinguish between what is holy and what is common (Leviticus 10.10). We don’t have to rely on the world’s standard or our own understanding to dictate a version of “truth” to us. God knows that we would have difficulty looking beyond our physical world, so He wisely placed His Spirit in each Born-again Believer who wears the righteousness of Christ (John 3.6-8). However, we must grow this sixth sense and follow and trust its promptings of eternal Truth. It might be difficult at first, relying on this supernatural sense; but we have Jesus’ example, His prayers and His Word to help us cultivate discernment. And once we esteem our God as King; no person, circumstance or problem will stop us from serving our purpose in His Kingdom!
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5.14 ESV).