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“So Samuel passed on the LORD’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king.”
1 Samuel 8:10 (NLT)
“But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said.”
1 Samuel 8:19 (NLT)
Compartmentalization is the practice of keeping things organized into separate categories. This is what the children of Israel did in the book of 1 Samuel; they wanted to separate their spiritual leader from the leader of their nation. God could be the leader of all things spiritual, but they wanted a human—in the form of a king—to lead their nation.
We can find that we do this with our personal lives: God can be in charge of our spiritual life, but we want to be in control of the things we deem to be secular.