We all have authority issues. It is a part f the human condition. We all want to be in charge. We all want thugs done our way. We all want access to all of the information. We all want to be in control. It happened to Israel. They had a pretty great life with God being their ruler. It was not an easy life but it was a great life because God provided all that they could have ever imagined and held them accountable to being what He designed them to be. His authority was not corrupt and He made only their best interest in mind always. But, like most of us, what they could not see gave them paused to doubt that God was doing anything at all. They wanted a REAL king. They rejected the notion of a king that they could not see and they wanted one that they could wrap their minds around. Then they could be loyal to that king. So God gave them what they wanted - Saul - and that was a disaster! Saul ultimately rejected God's people by sinning against God, it is the plight of human nature and the reason why we need a redeemer.
I have often noticed that many times what we are asking God for is actually a rejection of what He is already providing. We fail to see and understand that idea that "His ways are not our ways and HIs thoughts are or out thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8) and so we ask for HIm to do something that is within the realm of what we can understand. We want to be able to know it and control it, and yet God is asking us to seek a relationship with Him first and trust that everything that we will ever need will be added to us (Matt 6:33). This is counterintuitive to everything about who we are as humans and our need to be in control of life on so many levels.
But life is never controllable. Trying to control life is like boxing the wind; it is a battle that we cannot win. But God’s sovereignty is above the controlling forces in the world. His strength can make even the weakest person strong and even the strongest force weak - consider David and Goliath or Jesus and massive storms. God's authority spans further and reaches deeper into the molecular level of everything in the universe in both physical and non physical terms. His authority is secure and ultimately, His authority will rule - regardless of the apparent strength of the powers of the world.
So our goal must be to return to a theocracy- not from a political sense or a cultural one but from a personal one. As an individual, I can choose to follow and trust God no matter what, and I can choose to become everything that He has designed me to be. I can choose to run to Him and depend on Him in times of great wealth and in times of great poverty and fear. And I can choose to be certain in nothing else but the sovereignty of God, the redemption of Christ, and the dependence that I truly need in them. I can choose to relinquish my authority to Him and I can serve Him alone in everything that I do for the purposes of the expansion of HIs kingdom, by Him and for Him in whatever way He chooses to use me.
My labor will not be in vain then, and my security and significance will be forged and finished in Him. How about you, will you be brave enough to declare your dependence on Him and then live your a life where God rules?
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