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February 27, 2016

Presently, there are approximately 15 nations that are ruled by a king whose reign is limited to their lifetime. However, in the kingdom of God, He is the king, the sole eternal ruler with absolute power and authority. His word is law, and His decisions are final. He can never be voted out of power because He was never voted in for his kingship was not conferred by men. God reigns by His position of the creator of everything, and He is answerable to no one. As a king, He owns everything, and God takes care of His citizens, that is why we are instructed to be anxious for nothing.

During the first conversation of God and Moses, Moses asked God, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God responded to Moses with these words, “I Am That I Am. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:13 – 14). Thus, God was letting the Israelis know that He was capable of fulfilling all of their needs from the very onset of His interactions with them because this is what a king does.

God brought Israel out of the bondage of Egypt and then in His kingly role; He gave them His laws, commandments, and statues by which they were to live. From the time of Moses to Samuel, Israel lived under the sole dictates of God, who was their king and gracious benefactor. However, when Samuel was an old man Israel told Samuel they wanted a king like the nations around them; they wanted a king they could see. They mistakenly thought this visible king would treat them better than the invisible God who was taking care of them. Samuel was displeased with their request; however, God told Samuel that the people were rejected Him and to inform the people what kind of unpleasant experience they would have under an earthly king. Also, He cautioned them they would come to regret their decision, but Israel would not listen. God granted them their request, and in time, Israel suffered hardship under the leadership of their visible kings.

Today, we have the same choice as Israel. We can accept God as our king, which means we are willing to submit ourselves to Him and follow His Word, or we can give our allegiance to another. If you are hesitant in making this decision I highly recommend that you read 1&2 Kings in the bible. Hopefully, when you see what happens to people that reject God as their king and look to men for leadership, it will help you make the right decision. In closing, I can assure you I chose God, and I find no fault in Him.

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