God Is King
"The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land." (Psalm 10:16)
"I'm king of the mountain!" shouted Sammy, as his younger siblings scrambled up the huge mound of dirt to dethrone him. The Rettus children were spending an afternoon playing King of the Mountain. To be king of the mountain, one person had to stand on the top of a designated mountain (a pile of snow, a sand dune, or a mound of dirt) without letting his siblings push him down. Whoever was the lone person on top of the mountain was king, ruling over all the others.
Scripture tells us that God is King. He is King of all the earth (Psalm 47:7); He is King above all gods (Psalm 95:5); He is King forever (Psalm 10:16); He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16). God reigns over all, and no man can overthrown His rule.
When playing King of the Mountain, the younger Rettus children would plot to overthrow Sammy. Danny and Joey would use dirt bombs and large reeds to distract him, while the Jon would charge up to overthrow the king. But no matter how hard they tried, Sammy usually ended up on the top of the mound shouting, "I'm king of the mountain!"
Wicked men live their lives as though God could be overthrown. It's like they're throwing dirt bombs and using sticks to try to defeat God the King over all. They attempt to fight against God. But in the end, God will always be king, and the wicked will perish for eternity.
Do you serve God as your King? Or do you live in rebellion under His rule? Do you humbly follow His commands in Scripture to obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1), to love your enemies (Matthew 5:44), and to submit to authority (Hebrews 13:17), or do you ignore His Word? Each day you have a choice: you can live in submission to God your King, or you can live in rebellion against the King of all the earth.
Because God is king, you must submit to His rule.
» Do I obey God as my King? Do I follow all of His commandments?
Truth In Real Life
“Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.”
John Bunyan was born in England on November 30, 1628. He was sixteen years old when England was going through a civil war in 1644. He became a soldier. One particular afternoon, young Bunyan was suddenly called away from his post. A fellow soldier took his place and was killed shortly thereafter. He would likely have died as a teenager if this soldier hadn’t traded places with him that day, and there was no doubt in his mind that God had something important planned for his life.
Like his working-class family before him, Bunyan grew up learning the trade of a tinker, or a brazier – someone who mends pots and kettles. When Bunyan got married in his early twenties, he and his wife were very poor (she had been an orphan). All they owned were a couple of Christian books which her father had left her before his death. They both treasured and read the books often. Bunyan, especially, was influenced by what he read. He was realizing that his current lifestyle and choices were wrong.
Eventually, because of this conviction over sin, he trusted Jesus Christ to be the Savior and Lord of his whole life. With the changes in his new lifestyle came also the desires to preach and to share the Gospel. God’s grace had made such a difference in his life!
John Bunyan became a preacher at a time in England’s history when preaching outside of the state church’s approval was considered a crime. The leaders of the day believed that rightly-preached doctrine would start a rebellion. Bunyan kept preaching, anyway. He felt compelled to share the Gospel of grace.
He was convicted of preaching against the law and was sent to prison for twelve long years. This was a painful time of constant separation from his wife and children, and they remained impoverished, since there was not very much Bunyan could do from his prison cell to bring in money.
He did do a lot of thinking and writing while he was in prison. It was during this time in prison that he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress – the greatest Christian allegory ever written. An “allegory” is simply a story told with word pictures. Missionaries everywhere still translate Pilgrim’s Progress into the language of their people to share this story with those they wish to win.
Do you think it was difficult for John Bunyan to know his family was suffering in his absence? Do you think he wondered sometimes whether God was really taking care of them, or whether he had made a mistake? Have you ever read Pilgrim’s Progress and learned a little more about how to understand the Gospel through its allegorical stories? Do you believe that God can use the difficult circumstances in your life for His greatest glory and for your greatest good?
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.