In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. —Judges 17:6

            Try to imagine what it would be like when “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”   Actually we do not have to imagine too much. Look around at our nation today. There are many who are doing what is right in their own eyes. People are rioting, people are killing, people are manipulating.   We have fake news, fake reality (Hollywood), fake leaders (tell us one thing and do another) and a fake sense of security (trusting in ourselves).

            There is disunity and hatred that is growing in our nation. No longer can people disagree agreeable. Tolerance means accepting of one’s perspective and if you do not then you are labeled a racist, a bigot or called some other derogatory name. There is a meanness and lack of love that is growing in our nation.

            Even when Israel had a king it was because they did not want the Lord to be their King over them. So it is today. Even though we have leadership in our country the vast majority of them do not have King Jesus to rule over them and so they do what is right in their own eyes and it is not for the benefit of the people they rule. Jesus said “that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them” (Matthew 20:25).  Oh and there are many that “exercise their authority over” the people, but not for their good. These rulers are not servants of the people, but self-serving.

            But it is not only the rulers that do “what is right in their own eyes.” In our country it was the people that voted these rulers into office. So the people voted in “what was right in their own eyes.” So the people get what they voted for. Apparently we wanted people in office to do what is right in their own eyes and not be accountable to anyone. Doing what is right in one’s own eyes will not turn out good. It will be destructive and that is where our world is headed. That is what God has foretold in His Word. This world is on its way to winding down.

            Brothers and sisters let us rejoice in King Jesus. We belong to a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Only the temporary kingdoms of this world will be shaken— “The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is, created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27). Yes, let us rejoice in our King and do what is right in His eyes!

Dear Father I am so grateful that Jesus is my King and that I belong to His kingdom that will not be shaken, but will last for eternity! Oh yes I am so grateful to be part of that kingdom. May I encourage others to trust Jesus as King and be part of His kingdom as well. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus Your Son.   So be it!

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