Posted by: springsinthedesert | August 15, 2011

The ‘On Demand’ Button

But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."

                1 Samuel 8:19-22

Living in a time where everything is available ‘on demand’, we assume that our spiritual life also works that way..’On Demand’. When we are not available to watch our favorite programs on TV, our service provider offers the facility of on demand so that we can watch that show, on our pace, in our available time with the ability to control the program ourselves. Today, I would like to take your attention to a set of people who thought they could make God work for them on their demand and made the mistake of receiving what they requested, but had to face the consequences.

In the book of Samuel chapter 8, we read that the elders of the people of Israel, gathered together and came to Samuel, the prophet to ask for a king to rule over Israel. Samuel was old by then and his sons who were appointed as judges over Israel were not walking in his it was rightful for them to ask for a King. Anybody who hears this will say, “Oh there demand is legitimate…and they are in need”.

God definitely had plans to raise a king for Israel. We read in Deuteronomy 17:14-20, around four hundred years before this, God’s plans for the future king of Israel. So their demand for a king was in God’s will. But…they were not ready to wait for God’s time…God had David in mind for this great position..a man according to God’s own heart..and He was grooming David for this respected position…but the people of Israel could not wait and wanted a king in a hurry.

Moreover, they wanted the right thing from Lord..but for the wrong reasons…If you read the key verse once will understand that they wanted a king so that they can be like all the other nations…They wished for a King so that they would be accepted by the world. Now is that wrong? To desire something according to the standards of this world? Don’t forget…these are separated people…God’s chosen generation. They had a standard that was different from the world’s. For them, everything worked according to the heaven’s guidance. All these year, they were led by the hand of God…from Egypt…through the wilderness to the promised land. They did not lack anything that they wanted. They could experience God’s kingship over them explicitly and even after that, they tried to reject God’s reign over them and asked for a new king. Even after explaining the consequences of having a new king at this time, they stood firm on their demand. God did give their request…but they had to face the consequences.

What does this teach us today? In our walk with Jesus, we sometimes make the mistake of asking God something on demand. And we expect Him to answer us just because we demanded him so. Some of the requests may be in God’s plan for us..but cannot be granted at that time. May be God is preparing something best for us. And when we persists, God will grant us the desires..but will make us face the consequences and teach us a lesson through that. It is always better to wait for God’s perfect choice in our lives.

Another thing that spoke to me is that we often ask God the right requests according to the will of God, but we ask them for the wrong reasons. Most of the time, it is because we look to the world and desire for something that was meant for them and not for us. In response to our persistence, God may grant us what we want and then deal with us regarding the wrong reasons behind those requests.

So next time when we ask something to God. let us leave it to the complete will of God…for His perfect timing and wait for that best answer. It is better than pressing that ‘On Demand’ button and later pay for it.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Excellent again Rani!

  2. I know a little about this! Praying to wait for Him to answer in the best possible way! God bless you as He leads and guides you each day!

  3. All I can say is that your source of inspiration will not run dry. Keep the flow ma.The Lord is your strength.May god help His saints to wait patiently as He leads us in His own pace.Father please us.

  4. Thank you my sister. It is an encouraging message. I thank God for you and the way in which He inpires you to share with us the apt message. I am waiting to receive His answer. His timing is the best and His choice will be the very best. May God’s will be done and His name be glorified. May the blessing of the Lord be upon you and your family. Susan

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