“Is the Grass Greener?”

“Is the Grass Greener?”





you ever heard the expression “the grass is always greener on the other

side”?  This phase came from an old Latin proverb that said, “The

corn in another man’s ground seems ever more fertile and plentiful than our own

does.”  Why is that?  Why do we always look at other people’s

situations and think that they have it much better than we do

ourselves?  It is all about perception; we perceive that others have

it better, when they perceive the same thing about us.  The children

of Israel fall into this same trap.  After the period of the judges,

they had looked around and noticed that they did not look like the other

nations.   The other nations had a king, yet they did

not.  It was God’s intention for them to see Him as their King, but

they perceived that their neighboring nations had it better than they

did.  In I Samuel 8.4-5, the elders of Israel approached Samuel  ” Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in

your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” (1

Samuel 8:5).  The phrase I

want us to key in on is “like all the nations”.   The

Israelites looked to the neighboring nations and thought “they have it better

off than we do, please make us like them”.  Of course, this

displeased the Lord as well as Samuel.  They knew that having an

earthly king would be bad news for the Israelites, yet God allowed them to have

one.  In hindsight, having an earthly king was not a good idea at

all.  It didn’t take long for the Israelites to become like those

neighboring nations.  Within a matter of years, they had begun

practicing idolatry, causing the kingdom to be split and ultimately carried off

in to Babylonian Captivity. Truly the grass on the other side was not

greener at all.  If they had just looked at themselves and

understood, it isn’t about looking like everyone else.  It is about

being different; it is about standing out; it is about being a people that realizes

that they are God’s possession and do not need an earthly

king.  Today, it is very easy for us to do the same

thing.  Remember what the Apostle Peter said, “But you are

a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own

possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of

darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9).   God

doesn’t want us to be like everyone else; He expects us to be different.