We Have a King!

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

In those days Is­rael had no king; ev­ery­one did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25 Af­ter at­tack­ing my hus­band with hurt­ful words when a sit­u­a­tion didn’t go my way, I snubbed the Holy Spirit’s author­ity as He re­minded me of Bi­ble verses that re­vealed my sin­ful at­ti­tudes. Was nurs­ing my stub­born pride worth the col­lat­eral dam­age in my mar­riage or be­ing dis­obe­di­ent to God? Ab­so­lutely not. But by the time I asked for for­give­ness from the Lord and my spouse, I’d left a wake of wounds be­hind me— the re­sult of ig­nor­ing wise coun­sel and liv­ing as if I didn’t have to an­swer to any­one but my­self.

There was a time when the Is­raelites had a re­bel­lious at­ti­tude. Af­ter the death of Moses, Joshua led the Is­raelites into the promised land. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the Is­raelite’s served the Lord (Judg. 2:7). But af­ter Joshua and the gen­er­a­tion that out­lived him died, the Is­raelites for­got God and what He’d done (v. 10). They re­jected godly lead­er­ship and em­braced sin (vv. 11–15). Je­sus, please help us re­mem­ber You are our liv­ing King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Things im­proved when the Lord raised up judges (vv. 16–18), who served like kings. But when each judge died, the Is­raelites re­turned to de­fy­ing God. Liv­ing as if they didn’t have any­one to an­swer to but them­selves, they suf­fered dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences (vv. 19–22). But that doesn’t have to be our re­al­ity. We can sub­mit to the sov­er­eign author­ity of the eter­nal Ruler we were made to fol­low— Je­sus— be­cause He is our liv­ing Judge and King of Kings. Je­sus, please help us re­mem­ber You are our liv­ing King of Kings and Lord of Lords, almighty and wor­thy of our lov­ing obe­di­ence and trust. God gives us the power and the priv­i­lege to en­joy the re­wards of do­ing things His way.

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