ISRAEL ASKED FOR A KING
They have had so many prophets over them. These prophets bring the word of God directly to them. The Word of God tell them what to do and how to do it, when to go to battle and how to win it and so on. We can conclude that God has been leading the Israelites since their exodus from Egypt.
The Lord had been using the prophets greatly among His people. Samuel, the last (before the era of kings) and a faithful judge in Israel is now old, and his sons are not walking in the ways of their father, Samuel.
Its was a tough decision for the Israelites, they can't see any future in the sons of Samuel, but they have forgotten how the Lord dealt with Eli (the predecessor of Samuel) because of His sons and gave the spirit of prophecy to Samuel. So, the Israelites decided to ask for a King.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
Being like other people (1 Samuel 8:4-5)
GOD FELT REJECTED
The Israelites must have looked around them and they see other nations with Kings and Rulers but they totally forgot that the King of Kings actually rules Israel. Samuel was greatly disappointed at their decision and he prayed to the Lord.
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them (I Samuel 8:7)
The lord asked Samuel to prepare their mind for what they will suffer from the king they asked for (I Samuel 8:11-17) verse 18 of this same chapter said; "And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” (I Samuel 8:19-20)
THEIR DECISION CAN'T BE REVERSED
During the coronation of Saul, the first Human king of Israel, Samuel gave a speech, that made the Israelites realise their mistake in asking for a king, but this action was irreversible...
“Now therefore, stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes: Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the Lord , and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord , in asking a king for yourselves.” So Samuel called to the Lord , and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.”
I Samuel 12:16-19 NKJV
You can read the whole story from the book of 1 Samuel chapter 8 to chapter 12.
"WE ARE NOT CALLED TO BE LIKE OTHER CHRISTIANS; WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIKE CHRIST"
Every Christians who has been called by God should not make the same mistake the Israelites made in trying to be like other nations. We should humble ourselves to the absolute supremacy of God come rain or sunshine.
If you are a Christian, who has been bought to the family of God through the blood of Jesus. Then you should not try to be like other Christians, you should rather be like Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith, who through love, left His glories above, humbled himself like a servant so that He can pave way for eternal life.
In the journey of faith we will see so many differences among us. Because you are not seeing visions or you are not speaking in tongues does not mean you are not a Christian or this should make you look for a way to speak in tongues by all means. We are all one body in Christ, let no Christian think highly of himself more than he ought to think (Romans 5:3-8)
Do not be carried away with what is going on around you and propose in your heart to be like other Christians. None of them died for you and none of them is the author and finished of your faith. Rather look unto Jesus Christ, the one who died so that you may live, the one who is on the right hand of God, interceding for you day and night.
We are not called to be like other Christians, we are rather called to be like Christ.
God bless you, and have a great day.