History has a way of repeating itself! When the people demanded a king like all the other nations had, they got what they asked for! Without asking about the rights of a man to rule over them, they soon fell into regret! Their sons and daughters were recruited into the nation’s army of workers. The ruler took what the people were unwilling to give to God; their trust, time, labor, and a tenth of their wages. The best fruit from their farms was harvested to feed all the government servants. The king the people chose to go fight their battles for them, caused the very same voters to lose their freedoms. When they cried out to God, His ears were closed to their complaints. 1 Samuel 8:17-21 When “We the People” reject Jesus as King of kings, and Lord of lords, we can trust that our Father will NEVER overrides our will.
Who does not realize that justice has been perverted? God commands His people “You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.” Deut 16:19 If we had prayed according to His will, we may have gotten different results. When God’s people decide to take destructive action, He reminds them about doing it their own way. (Joshua 11:4-6) “Do not be afraid because of them.” The huge armies were defeated by Joshua’s faith in his mighty God. The size of the giant champion Philistine did not cause David to doubt his God. “David said to Saul, “Let no man’s courage fail because of him (Goliath). Your servant will go out and fight with this Philistine.” 1 Sam 17: 32 – Our Father reminds us of how to face giant threats today! Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, to be set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do NOT be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Romans 12:1-2 Amplified.
During these uncertain times, one thing is certain – the King of kings is still Jesus and He alone is in control as He sits on the throne! “When you enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and you take possession of it and live there, and you say, ‘I will set a King over me like all the nations…you shall certainly set a King over you who the Lord your God chooses.” Deut 17:14-20 The King that God our Father bequeaths will not build a large army and He will not require many wives. When Jesus sits on the throne, we can trust Him to follow God’s will all the days of His life. The King of kings will fear and worship the Lord His God with awe-filled reverence and profound respect by carefully obeying all the Words of God. His mind will remain focused on God’s will as He actively seeks to please Him. His heart will not be lifted up above His countrymen by a false sense of self-importance and self-reliance. King Jesus is holy and He will not deviate from His promise to lead us, to guide us and to never forsake those who trust in Him.
Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Each of you shall respect his mother and his father, and you shall keep My Sabbaths; I am the Lord your God. Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods (images cast in metal); I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:2-4 Amplified