In 1 Samuel 8, the people rejected the rule of God and demanded a king. The people wanted to be like the other nations with a king to “go out before us and fight our battles.” Prior to entering the land, Moses had promised God would go before them and give them victory. However, the people no longer wanted to rely on God for victory. They preferred a human ruler, human arms, and human strength. With God, success was tied to obedience. If they obeyed, they succeeded. If they disobeyed, they failed. Holiness was paramount. But for a human ruler success in battle was in his own interest. A human king would strive for victory regardless of their personal holiness. Most often, when we turn to our own strength, it’s from a desire for victory without holiness, success without obedience. With Jesus as King, because of his perfect holiness we can trust rather than fear God’s strength. As you go through this day, remember you have King Jesus to go before you and fight your battles.