We like democracy. At least we say we like democracy. Let the people decide who should rule over them. That makes everyone happy… Or not.
Israel over and over again not only wanted but required someone to rule over them. Near the end of Gideon’s life, Israel asked that Gideon rule the people and then his sons following.
Now, if you were offered the leadership of an entire land, what would your response be? Would you want the fame that goes with the position? Or would you shy away from the weight of responsibility?
Gideon said to them “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you, the Lord will rule over you.”
Judges 8:23 (ESV)
Gideon had it right. While we must submit to the governments over us, when it comes to our own lives, there is only One who should rule over us.
Can we learn from the multitude of mistakes Israel made? When a great leader rose up, they followed God. When that leader passed, immediately, they returned to the gods of the land. In an endless circle, Israel turned from God.
If your pastor left, would you still follow God? If your favourite TV preacher went off the air, would you still follow God? If your spouse left the church, would you still follow God? Do you need a constant reminder of who rules in your life or is your relationship with God strong enough to withstand the rise and fall of those around you?
Daily Bible reading: Judges 8-9, Luke 8:22-56