In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. —Judges 17:6
A strong godly leader will lead people in the right direction. One of those leaders in the time of the Judges was Deborah (Judges Chapters 4-5). She obediently relayed to Barak the Lord’s desire for him to do battle against Sisera. Barak said to Deborah, “If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” “I will certainly go with you,” Deborah replied, “but the road you are taking will bring you no honor, because the LORD will be selling Sisera into the hand of a woman” (Judges 4:9). Barak would not go without Deborah, but she encouraged him to be obedient by going with him. This is great leadership. Leaders don’t just relay God’s desires to others, but they also live God’s desires out themselves!
Today any nation that would have a strong godly leader would have a leader that would make positive impact. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a nation that has one of these so the downward slide on the slippery slope utter sinfulness continues. In our nation followers of Jesus are seeing more of a movement of people wanting to do what is right in their own eyes. Sexual perversions of all sorts are on the rise, abortion has been a long time abomination of this nation, drug addictions are an increasing epidemic, family breakdown continues to impact the national instability. We are a messed up nation living in a messed up world. Do we have any godly leaders that will make positive impact?
Read through the Book of Judges and you will see a continual default back to wickedness when a strong leader is not present. Leadership has impact! Good leaders have good impact and bad leaders have bad impact. That is just how it is and without leadership everyone does what is “right in his own eyes.”
How thankful we are that our King has left us His decrees for us, His Word written down in the Bible. We are so fortunate to have a copy to read or today we can listen to His Word. Instead of what we think is “right in our own eyes” we can understand what is right as God has told us. Yes, we have a King and we need to be faithful, obedient, loving servants that honor Him. He is our King and we have no excuse for not doing what is right in His eyes. May we do so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MgV0Rybx5o
Dear Father I am so grateful that Jesus is my King. May I be His faithful servant and live according to His desires. Be pleased to work through me to impact others for Your glory. May this be done in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.