Our King wore a crown of thorns
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together
and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him,
“Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways.
Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said,
“Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD.
And the LORD said to Samuel,
“Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you,
for they have not rejected you,
but they have rejected me from being king over them.
1 Samuel 8:4-7
1 Samuel 8:4-7
Jehovah was King of Kings to Israel from the time of conception, guiding the people through many trials, providing manna in the wilderness, helping them to conquer the lands before them. But now they want a king "like all the nations." What??? They want to be like the other nations, the heathen nations whose gods are stone and whose hearts are even harder? Yes, "Give us a king to judge us." The God of all the earth was not good enough? Those foolish Hebrews! They would see what having a king instead of the King would do for them!
Every time I begin to turn my nose up at someone else, it seems that God points directly at me and offers this advice, "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us [me], so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we [I] might have hope." (Romans 15:4) The lesson for me? The only King in my life must be the Lord Jesus Christ. My dependence must be on Him and Him alone. Prosperity is not King. It is fleeting--even a little of it. Fame is not King--although I haven't experienced it. Having the respect of others is not King--I will likely do or say something at some time to cause others to lost respect. Jesus is King. I cannot depend on the present or the next President of the United States to help our nation out of its mess. Only King Jesus can do that.
My only hope, my only assurance that I am in His will,and that I am under His hand of protection, is to allow Him to rule and reign in my heart.
All hail King Jesus!Gloria