Once Samuel has aged and his sons have proven themselves to be liars and cheats, the people ask for a king. Samuel is heartbroken, but God reminds him that they are not rejecting you; instead they are rejecting Me. He reminds the final judge that they have been rebellious since leaving Egypt and now that rebellion is culminating in this request. God tells Samuel to give the people what they want but to explain what a king would require from their children and grandchildren. Was this God's will for His people? The answer is "yes" and "no." If we are talking God's perfect will then I suspect He would prefer a theocracy in Israel instead of a monarchy. In a theocracy, He is their King; in a monarchy, you have a single (monos) human king. It does seem, however, to be a part of what some call God's permissive will. It is here that He determines how a specific decision can still lead to His perfect will in the end. What is the end goal of all this? Messiah is the end goal. God, then, took something that was less than perfect, a monarchy, and provided His people with what they really needed, Jesus, their spiritual King. Permissive will does not remove God's sovereignty nor does it change His ability to do the miraculous in our lives. Are you teetering on that precipice of rebellion? Stay in His perfect will today!

Help me, Lord, to seek Your face and to find Your will for my life in the pages of Scripture. Help me to make wise decisions that keep me right in the center of Your perfect will.