During Bible days, the world was governed by kings. Imagine yourself a king. How would you rule? Would you be just and fair? The greatest temptation of a king is to use his power and authority for sinful, selfish pursuits. History is littered with records of wicked kings and queens. Before Israel entered the Promised Land, the Lord knew that the people would want a king in order to be like the other nations. So, in Deuteronomy, the Lord (through Moses) gave commands and directions for Israel’s future kings. “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). For kings, arrogance and superiority attitudes were constant temptations. God provided just the right antidote to such poisonous thinking…the Word of God! The Bible was given to us not just to reveal God but to help us to think right about ourselves. The truth from Scripture is that we are no better than others…even if we are kings! Reverence for God, combined with the discipline of immersing ourselves daily in His Word, enables us to think accurately about our relationships with others. In the Bible we discover that we are here to serve God and love others, and that we will give account to the Lord. On that day, He will ask, “What did you do with what I gave you?” I challenge you (as I challenge myself) to read the Word daily. This Word, fit for a king, helps us not to get too high or too low on ourselves. Stay focused on Jesus, and let Him define your self-worth and self-image. And remember that the Lord Jesus, the King of Kings, humbled himself and died for you that you might have life in Him.
Pastor Mark Boucher