God told Samuel to give them what they wanted, but before doing so, give them a fair warning of the reality of how things will be. You see the grass on the other side is looking greener to them, but what they don’t realize is the grass is planted on a septic tank.
The Baalim was formerly a prophet who was hired by Balaak, the king of the Moabites to curse Israel. Balaam couldn’t curse Israel but God could.
This story tells us way more about God’s love and devotion to us than it does about our devotion to Him.
If you were taken captive and placed out in the wilderness, wouldn’t you want those who claim to love you to come and get you and bring you back to where you belong? No wonder the Lord is so willing to leave the 99 to go get the one that is lost. He knows what it feels like to not have your loved ones seek you.