A Historical fact.
Looking around in our generation and the times we live in, a look-alike scenario should concern us much from days past. You see, back in history, some people were chosen by a great King as a special possession. Why? Well, because the King wanted to use them as a magnet to attract others to himself. He would use these people as an example to contrast the lifestyle of those who lived without any King.
Their lives were characterised by order and sanity in every level of existence. They had a system of worship that was unmatched. Sacrifices, priests, song leaders defined the experience in the house of worship. Socially, they had a neat way of life; children knew what it was to be submitted to their parents and the parents knew their role in training their children. They had a spiritually informed morality. Their King- splendid in majesty and awe- diffused any thought of getting idols and other foreign gods. Life was good!
Years came and went by, and the people became complacent and got swallowed up into foreign loves and worship. One day, they decided to let go of their King, who had given them identity and dignity. They said, “We want another King so that we can be like other nations and people.” They lost their sight on the highest honour so they can be ‘together’ with the others who had no honour at all.
This neglect started them off a downward trajectory, with many unthinkable things happening in their midst. A people who once set the pace for life and godliness became worse than the scum of the earth. Why? How? Because they kicked the King off their heart (nation out). Immediately they started doing crazy things; men desiring men sexually and rape cases that baffle the mind. Mixed worship and idolatry characterised the once sober state. The question in the minds of many was, “How low could such a people stoop?” These stories are in the Bible concerning Israelites (The Book of Judges). Scripture says that there was no king in Israel in those days, and every man did what was right in their own eyes!
A Modern application.
Flash forward to 2021, and we are not far from the statement above. I suppose we are way ahead! We are living in a day when everyone does what is right in their own eyes. It does not need a google search to get the statistics. It is obvious. Look around the fellowships and see what I am saying. Churches have turned into fleecing grounds because pastors are doing what is right in their own eyes.
Churched families are living in adulterous relationships because they are doing what is right in their own eyes. People who are supposed to hold fast to the scriptures and teach them to others have trampled it underfoot by ignoring matters—fornication and unwanted pregnancies; abortions and damped babies. Killings and unthinkable behaviours in our homes and estates prove that there is no king in our hearts, and therefore, everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes. Why? Because there is no King!
When the King is in our hearts, we are guided into the right things. Scriptures tell us that when we rely on the King’s guidance, he makes our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). We can test and approve what is good, pleasing and perfect when the King is in control. Our desires are put in check when the King is ruling, making it impossible to defile the sanctity of our sexuality and even the act of sex itself. Why did he have to rape a young girl? Because there is no King in his heart, he can only do what is right in his eyes. What evidence do you see in you that point to a life without a King? Is it your longing lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes or the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17)?
We need the King in our heart for us not do to what is pleasing in His eyes. Otherwise, we can prepare ourselves for a ‘worse-than-Israel’ kind of life. The King is Jesus, the Messiah who makes our hearts new. He deals with our deepest longings and failures. Let the King come in today and rule your heart before you stoop too low beyond what you can handle.