A desire to be like the world around you blinds you to the reality that awaits you in that world. ~~~ When we become like the world, we lose our freedom; we become Blinded to the fact that we will lose GOd’s generosity. Notice the very stern warning that God gives them in 8:9-18 “you shall solemnly warn them…” “he will take…” Six times God tells them that a king like the other nations will take from them. If you want a king like the other nations, to fight your battles, then he will want a standing army. So he will take your sons to be in his army. But not only that, a king like the other nations will want to live in extravagance and luxury. So he will take your sons to be plow fields and reap harvests, to make weapons, and take care of the horses for the chariots. And he will want to eat well, so he will take your daughters to fix and prepare. And then, who will you have to work in your fields, to prepare your meals, to prepare your wine, to reap your harvests. You see, a king was going to make it a harder life on all the people all the way around. You won’t have your sons and daughters to help you. You won’t have any abundance because it will go to take care of the king. He will take, take, take. And they had forgotten that God was the one who gave, gave, gave. And God wasn’t going to let up on what HE required from them. Why? Because HE was the REAL KING. But perhaps the greatest tragedy comes in that last sentence. You will cry out to God because of the misery you have brought on yourself, but the LORD will not answer you in that day. A desire, a lust to be like the world around you blinds you to the reality that awaits you in that world.