Judges 21:25 Doing As You Want

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25

Everybody loves freedom. They love to be able to do and say what they want, when they want and how they want with no one to tell them that they cannot do something.

Although people know leadership and rules are needed, many will fight against leadership and rules. No one wants to be tied down to someone else’s commands. Any time that there is no one to lead or correctly guide them, people will begin to do as they see fit, throwing out most rules.

Israel had a time in which they had no king, so the people chose to do as they saw fit.

Nations that do not have a king will always have someone to lead them in some form of government. The manner in which that leader leads them will often dictate how the people will choose to live their lives.

In nations that treasures freedom, people will often put leaders in position that will not really lead but will allow freedom to reign. People are allowed to do nearly anything and everything that they want, throwing out all former rules in the belief of full freedom. The result of this is that there is chaos and death.

Many believers and churches have chosen the ways of the world, claiming freedom under grace, rather than following God’s ways.

God is a God of rules and order that bring about life, abundant and eternal life, not just a temporary pleasure. Although God’s rules may appear to be restrictive, they are there to guide one to true living.

Regardless of what national leader a believer has, God must be his king and ruler of his life. He must be willing to live as God desires, not as he sees fit.

You may live in a nation that pushes freedom or one that is more restrictive and controlling. Either one should not make a difference in how you live your life.

Make the choice to allow God to be the King and Ruler in your life. Allow the Holy Spirit to dictate every action, word and thought in your life. Living in this way will bring you life that will extend into eternity. It will remove chaos and bring about order.

Honor God with your whole life, serving Him with everything in you, not just serving self.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you make Jesus the King of your life; that you will obey the commands of God; and that you will only do what God directs you to do.

Judges 17:6 Results Of No Leadership

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 17:6

People often desire complete, unrestricted freedom to do whatever they desire with no negative consequences. In order to gain this type of freedom, they will need to have a leadership that will not guide them or hold them accountable for their actions, or have no leadership at all.

It is rare for a group of people to have no leadership, but it is common for the leadership to allow freedom for chaos. People need to be led to keep chaos from occurring.

The former king had died and now Israel had no king. As a result, everyone did as they saw fit.

Without leadership, people will do whatever they desire, which will often lead to confusion and chaos. Selfishness and greed will rise up in the hearts of people leading them into sin and sinful activities. Instead of looking out for the good of others, all that is sought is building up self, even at the expense of others.

Believers are to be led by God. He is to be their king, their ultimate ruler or king and commander of everything that they say, do or think. Since God is eternal and has created everything, He knows what is best for each and every person. He knows how to perfectly lead in a way that if full of order and true life.

The world rejects God’s leadership, because they do not want to be held accountable and desire to please self at any expense. Upon rejection of God, all leadership is doomed to fall apart and lead to chaos. All chaos leads to is death–eternal death, which is the desire and goal of Satan.

Every person needs Jesus, a King who will lead them in the ways of God.

You must be willing to ask yourself who is king in your life. Do not allow yourself to be the king of your own life. It will only lead to death.

Put God on the throne of your life and allow Him to lead you into His ways that lead into eternal life. Rejecting God will only bring about no true leadership which will lead to death.

Are you doing only as you see fit? Or are you doing things the way God is ready and willing to lead you in? Who is your king?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to rule over your life; that God will give you strength to reject the ways of this world; and that you will only do what God leads you to do.

Numbers 25:3 Are You Tied To False Gods?

So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them. Numbers 25:3

It is very common for people to idolize someone or something in their lives. Focus is so much on a person or a thing that they put everything else to the side and dedicate their life to what their focus is on.

Acting in this way is so common and accepted that it is often promoted and encouraged. The things that people put their life focus upon are often the gods or masters in their lives.

The Israelites had chosen to bow down to some Baal idols of the Moabite women after having relations with women. God’s anger burned against them.

Losing focus and following the idols of the world is something that is easy to do and is often done among believers. People get caught up in the moment of self-pleasure and choose to bow down to sin and make something an idol in their life, rather than serving God.

The false idols in people’s lives may be people, things or a false belief. These can be things that are directly evil or even inherently good. Anything or anyone that takes the place of God or causes one to sin against God is a false idol.

False gods are abundant and may give a temporary pleasure in this life, but they are dead and only cause death. They pull the believer away from the one true living God.

Believers need to have their entire life focused upon God and His word and His desires. The moment one chooses to believe in Jesus, he has dedicated his entire life to God. Turning back to anything else is rejecting God and accepting a false god. All false gods must be rejected.

Many things will try to call your attention and desires away from God. Flee the idols that the world will place before you to trip you up and cause you to sin against God and follow those false idols. Those idols will only bring about death and destruction in the end.

Dedicate your whole life to God and choose to follow Him and Him alone. Let God bring you the joy, peace and provision the false idols of this world promise but are unable to deliver. Following God will bring about eternal life with more than any false idol will ever be able to give.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to any false idols in your life; that you will choose to make God the master and only God of your life; and that you will know all that God can and will give to you.

Genesis 46:4 God Will Complete His Promise

I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes. Genesis 46:4

Promises are made daily by people, governments and businesses. Although thousands are made, many are left unfulfilled.

People, governments and businesses often let people down in what was promised. Excuses are made as to why the promise could not be completed. Things are allowed to get in the way and stop them.

As a result, many people begin to doubt others when they hear of a promise being made. They have been disappointed too many times.

God tells Israel (Jacob) that He would go with him to Egypt and bring him back to the promised land.

Following God on a journey is often filled with what appears to be detours. The new believer sees that he is headed towards heaven, the promised land, but while on this earth there are various challenges and changes put in the pathway.

The believer may hear God promise something in his life, such as provision, but then on the journey has times where the path has taken a different direction and does not appear to provide, even though he has all that he needs.

Some may feel called into ministry but have to work for a number of years outside of ministry prior to getting into it.

One thing that every believer needs to remember is that God will fulfill His promise. He may take one on a journey that appears to be going the wrong direction, to Egypt, but He will get him to the final promised land.

As one is going on the little detours in life, he must realize that God is building him up to be ready for the promise. He may also be preparing the promise to be taken by the one who trusts and believes in Him.

Do not lose heart and get discouraged when God has you turn on a detour in your life. Continue to remember the promises of God, knowing that He will fulfill them in the right time.

During this detour He may be preparing you for the promise or fulfilling another promise to someone else through you. Allow God to be in control of your life.

It may take a lifetime before the promise is fulfilled, but it will happen. God has never broken a promise and will not start with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will allow God to be in complete control of your journey in this life.