Melinda Eye Cooper
I've been reading The Message which is the Bible in everyday language written in novel form. It's easy to read which I like a lot. :)
As I read through the book of Judges, the following verses jumped off the page at me each time I read them.
Judges 17:6 In that day Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
Judges 18:1 In that day Israel had no king.
Judges 19:1 In that day Israel had no king.
Judges 21:25 In that day Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
It struck me that they had no king so everyone just did as they saw fit and reminded me of my own country today.
The definition of king according to Webster's dictionary is:
King: a male monarch of a major territorial unit; especially : one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life
Honestly, I was taken aback by the last part who rules for life. I know that it means he rules for as long as he lives in this definition. But as Christians, Jesus is our King - he rules our natural and eternal lives. He literally rules for life.
Some Christians don't even seem to want a king. They want a politician who makes promises they won't or can't keep once they get elected. Granted, we have to elect a president and someone has to be in charge. But will they really do anything for us? Do they really care about us?
Once they get the position of power they desire, they will do whatever they want. They will have their own best interest at heart - not ours. At least until the next election...(It's called politics. lol)
If we are Christian, then first, we are ruled by our King - Jesus. His will comes first in our lives.
He has your best interest at heart each and every moment of your life. He will do what He says He will do and keeps His promises.
Here are just a few of the things He has ALREADY done for you:
He lived a sinless life...for you.
He endured betrayal...for you.
He was humiliated and mocked...for you.
He wore a crown of thorns...for you.
He was beaten, bruised and bled...for you.
He hung on the cross...for you.
He gave his life...for you.
He lay dead in a tomb three days...for you.
He was resurrected...for you.
The problem with America today is that everyone does as they see fit because they have NO king.
The trouble is...there IS A KING.