No Rules, No Rule

Wendy Pope

Day: 42 | Plan: Joshua-Judges

Today’s Reading: Judges 18

Judges 18:1a (NIV) “In those days Israel had no king.”

My son has never liked rules. “Rules are dumb. Isn’t this America? We’re supposed to be free to do whatever we want.”

Truth be told, his mother spent much of her life living by the same philosophy. Shouldn’t we be able to do whatever we want?

He will grow to understand, like I have, that rules, boundaries and leadership provide security. When there are no rules, there is no rule. Lawlessness and lack of leadership leave society vulnerable to themselves.

Scripture tells us that Israel was without a king. Actually, Israel was without an earthly king and refused to submit to the leadership of God, their heavenly King. The tribe of Dan fell prey to spiritual confusion: living life according to their own thinking and own ideas. This lifestyle was dangerous for the Danites, and it is dangerous for you and me.

  • A life without leadership can cause us to covet rather than be content. Joshua assigned every tribe a region of land. Yet the tribe of Dan conquered a territory they liked better, north of their allotment.
  • A life without leadership can cause us to worship something or someone other than God. We were created with a desire to worship, and it was God’s plan for us to worship Him. The Danites stole Micah’s idols and carried them to the new land.
  • A life without leadership can cause us to make decisions that will wrongly affect generations to follow. When the tribe of Dan stole Micah’s idols and set up a shrine in their new territory, they essentially established the beginning of idolatry in Israel. A life submitted to God’s leadership will enable us to make godly decisions based on His Word.
  • A life without godly leadership causes us to search for it in ungodly places. Without leadership, we will feel unsettled. The Danites tried to remedy this by forcing Micah’s priest to be their priest and leader. (Judges 18:19-20)

I love the way King David speaks of God’s boundaries: LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places” (Psalm 16:5-6a). He is so trustworthy and has a proven track record in leadership. I don’t know about you but I want a life with godly rule, reign and management. Living life any other way is too risky.

Prayer: Lord, I want to thank You for Your leadership and ask forgiveness for the times I don’t follow. You always have my best interest. Even if it doesn’t make sense to me I want to submit to and trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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