Tag: Jesus is King
Scripture reading for March 19: 1st Samuel 9-12
In yesterday’s reading, the Israelites had demanded a king like the other nations. (1st Samuel 8:4-5) God’s people already had a King with the Lord! But they wanted a king like the other nations. It was the latest fad! They wanted a king they could see and follow. God already knew this would happen. He told Moses about it! (Deuteronomy 16:14-20) God knows man’s deepest need is for a relationship Him. He is always jealously working to bring about His purposes and sometimes lets us have what we want in order to give us what we really need.
God chose Saul, a person who stood above all the others, as Israel’s first king. (1st Samuel 10:23-24) He chose one who looked the part. As Samuel anointed him, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul and he began prophesying. (1st Samuel 10:1, 9-11) Samuel introduced him to the nation and the people shouted, “Long live the king!” This king would not satisfy the people’s need, but would help them to learn that they needed the real King more than ever! This first king would soon fail to obey and honor the Lord and fall under God’s judgment. The people would suffer under his leadership! We must be careful what we ask God for! Human “kings” almost always give us trouble and grief.
Today happens to be my 62nd birthday. I lived for a few years without a King! Then I invited the King to rule my life, but did not really let Him have complete say over everything. I am thankful that my King was patient with me and compassionate towards me. He drew me with His love and mercy. I surrendered my life to Him and am so blessed! My birthday request is that my family would all live under my King. A further desire would be that all I have had the privilege of knowing and contacting would also know this King as Lord, Savior, and Friend!
Today, if you don’t have a King, please ask the Lord to be your King! God hears the cry of your heart. Confess to Him your sin and renounce any other idols in your life. Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and the only sacrifice for sin. He died for our sins and rose again from the dead. He is coming back as King of Kings!
“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” That is the word of faith that we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth,”Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-11)