In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
– Judges 21:25 NASB
This is the last sentence of the book of Judges. This book covers the history of Israel between Moses and Joshua on the one hand, and the time of Israel’s kings on the other. It was a wild and woolly time – not one in which ancient Israel could take pride. You would think that after entering the promised land of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, Israel would have gone from that glory to even greater heights. However, they didn’t heed all the Lord’s instructions and fell into a state of lawlessness. If you yourself have ever gone from a spiritual high to doing something really stupid, you may be able to recognize the pattern. In any case, God did eventually bring Israel out of the doldrums of the time of Judges and He can do the same for us.
Since these are daily devotions to Christ, you may wonder how this verse speaks of Him. Of perhaps you already see that it speaks of Him by describing the vacuum which He came to fill.
Life in America today is much like the time of Judges. America has, to a great extent, forsaken its spiritual heritage. The name of Jesus is used more often to express disgust or shock than it is to express worship and adoration. Of course, no one else has been found worthy to take His place. Who else is worthy to be king of the world?
Alas, the fact that no one else is worthy to tell everyone else what to do doesn’t keep people from aspiring to that role. Today, people are constantly telling each other what to do. We’ve become a Tower of Babel. It seems like everyone’s talking but no one’s understanding what the others are saying.
How do we avoid being caught up in the insanity all around us? By daily devotion to the only person worthy to rule the hearts of all men. Doing what’s right in our own eyes is futile…even if we could all agree – which we can’t! Doing what’s right in Jesus’ eyes is the beginning of healing the world.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
King Jesus, rule in my heart today. Let me not think, speak, or act autonomously. Rather, let everything I think, say, and do today be in service to Your commandment that we love one another…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.