The desire to be like everyone else will enslave us, but God will let it if that’s what we really want.
That’s what we’ve learned so far in 1 Samuel 8. Israel wanted a king like the nations around her, despite God’s warning that it would enslave them. But as we saw in Solomon’s lifetime (1 Kings 4, 10), that’s what happened. God had something far better on offer – himself as their king – but Israel chose to be like the other nations instead.
In our final look at this chapter, we look at the final part of the sentence: God will let it enslave us, if that’s what we really want.