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." 1 Samuel 8:19-20
Oh, the desire to be like everyone else, to fit in!
Think about this, God had chosen them to be different, set them apart, told them to "be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy" (Lev 19:2) and that He would "dwell among them" (literally meaning He "pitched His tent" among them) and "be their God" (Ex 29:45); now they want to be like everyone else and instead of God fighting their battles they want a king to do it. Basically, they evicted God, "God you can't pitch your tent here, don't you see this is a RV park!"
I wonder if we have done that, I mean look at all the studies; we as Christ followers are no different from the world.
Too many of us view following the way, not about being conformed to Christ-likeness, but to self improvement and successful living.
The command to stand apart, to be holy is often ignored.
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
But the people refused to listen and said "No"!