My life has consisted of a whole lot of wandering. I was blessed in my wandering because God saw fit that I saw another day, then another, then another. I attested miracles in my life to good ole luck and I never considered the actual Source of all things good. I was an Israelite, bound by the mistakes of my ancestors and destined to live a life not worth living. The manna that fell from the sky to nourish me wasn’t enough; the water in the wilderness to quench my thirst became a passing thought. The Red Sea that parted for me (more than once, I might add) became a long distant memory. The falling of the walls in my Jericho were almost expected, so that move in my life wasn’t appreciated. The years that the Lord sustained me, even though I was unsustainable, were taken for granted. My enemy would come up for attack and I would point at the small box called the Ark of the Covenant which sat inside the Tabernacle and point to my invisible God when they would ask to see my leader. I began to believe the enemy’s reports and I would shake in my boots when their king would come before me, their leader, and I would begin to question the existence of God altogether. I needed a king if I was going to survive.
1 Samuel 8:19-22 (NIV) – But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
God is so gracious, that He will allow us to step in holes of our own making. His work may be constant, but the majority of it is hidden from our sight. Nevermind the fact that the crisis I would find myself in were brought upon by me. Nevermind that somehow I always found a way out thanks to God coming through and rescuing me from myself when I would pray foxhole prayers begging for relief from a Being I couldn’t even see. I used every excuse in the book to justify my irrational thinking of needing something or someone tangible to give me proof of who I was on the planet and what my purpose was. I failed to see that God was my king, my leader, my hope in the hopelessness. But I was without trust, so God handed me over to get a full dose of what I thought I needed. Those of you who know me know exactly how that turned out. It wasn’t pretty, not in the least. Why do we make idols out of people? Why do we put ourselves in situations knowing that we will get hurt? Because we can touch it? Because we can see it? Because it’s more real to us than the Love of Christ? Looking back, it makes no sense whatsoever. I found people to play God in my life who looked the part, acted the part, and kept up good appearances before men. I found people like Saul.
1 Samuel 11:12-15 (NIV) – The people then said to Samuel, “Who was it that asked, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.” 13 But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the Lord has rescued Israel.” 14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.” 15 So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the Lord.
We sometimes look at things that LOOK good as blessings from God when really all they are, are disasters waiting to happen. Guilty. Who is YOUR king? Who do you worhip more than God? Saul had it all, looks, wealth, quick-wit. He also suffered from anxiety, depression, jealousy, and fear. He was his own greatest enemy. As Susan Brogan says, “Why do we make something into heaven that was never God’s best for us?”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Jesus is the perfect King. He never sinned, was tempted by satan, suffered for us, hung on a cross for us, loves us unconditionally, doesn’t place blame, never judges when we fall, doesn’t have a jealous bone in his body, lives so the we can also live free, died so that our sins could be forgiven, seeks out the lost, saves the brokenhearted, loves the unloveable. Why look any further for the ONE that can stand in the gap against ourselves and our enemies? We have a King, and His name is Jesus. Watch this video and be prepared to have some spontaneous worship right where you sit.