Friday: Psalm 19-20, Proverbs 22, 1 Kings 2:13-46 & Mark 4:1-34

From Elise H.

Oh, to be king.

Perhaps I've been watching too much "Game of Thrones." Whether or not you're hooked on the TV show, we are all too familiar with the fascination of successors eyeing their claim on the royal throne. I think I can safely assume that we have all wondered: "What would it be like to be a king?" 

A king is respected, a king is feared. And then there's the silk clothes, lavish feasts, valiant sigils...the gold and riches.

The truth is, I don't need to be a king to feel entitlement or power. I can (falsely) convince myself that I am in control, and I deserve my standard of living, my career, my free time - my everything. It's like when Adonijah in 1 Kings 1:5 declares himself king and gathered chariots, horseman, and an army of men. Surely these things will guarantee success and prosperity? In 1 Kings, we see the struggle for power and desire to take the throne, and then we are reminded in Psalm 20:7 that

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

I also tend to think about the alternative to being a king: "What would it be like to serve a king?"

It's a foreign concept in today's world since our democratic society encourages us to serve ourselves. The people pledge their loyalty to a king, even die for a king. But it doesn't matter if he is a good king or a bad king. In fact, a king is just human - and while born into the royal lineage, he is susceptible to making mistakes and allowing sin to influence his heart and mind. Not only is it possible for a king to make poor decisions in vain, a king is entitled to it.

How comforting to know that our King of Kings is the divine ruler. His laws represent the ultimate justice with righteousness and truth - it does not rely on flaws of human discernment (The Law of the Lord is perfect, Psalm 19). His reign is everlasting and cannot be influenced by sin. He will deliver, and he will provide - all we have to do is ask (May he answer us when we call, Psalm 20:9).

After Solomon takes the throne in 1 Kings 2, I was struck by his prayer for wisdom in 1 Kings 3, specifically when Solomon says he is "but a little child." Solomon shows humility when he sets aside his title and position. A king himself, bowing down to the King of Heaven. And through this request, God grants him wisdom (the wisdom of God was in him to do justice, 1 Kings 3:28) - and more.

So when I desperately wish to clutch to my modern-day "chariots" and "horses," I must let go as I am reminded to trust in Him for all things good.

All hail The King.

My husband Richard and I live in South Boston, and I currently work in healthcare IT. I just started playing Pokemon Go but don't think I'll be able to catch them all.