I just finished the book of Judges yesterday. Very depressing! This book paints a picture of the very lowest times in the history of Israel. It ends with a verse that is partially mentioned earlier in the book several times,
Jdg 21:25 "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
I have been thinking about that verse, and it's earlier versions in the book as the author says, "In those days there was no king in Israel." I know this is important because of its repeated theme. It appears that having a king would remedy everyone doing "their own thing."
How does this translate to the Christian life today? It seems to plug into my life rather nicely- if I make Christ the king in my life I won't be doing my own thing, doing what's right in my own eyes. If I don't make him king I do find that I easily wander off. I'm not talking about lordship salvation here, I'm simply talking about Christ being lord and king in my life.
So, that leads me to the next thought- What's the job of a king? What was he to do? How would my life be different under the rule of a king? What does the kingship of Christ in my life look like as I live each day? How do I bow my knee to this king and honor him? How do I tell when I'm not letting the king do his job, and find myself trying to be king myself? Do I even acknowledge him as my king in my daily life?
I'm not interested in answering all of these questions for those of you reading this blog, I'm simply thinking out loud for myself. You will have to answer them for yourself as you decide who is king in your life.