The Israelites could not wrap their minds around the LORD being their King. They wanted a human being to fill that slot. They could see a human king. They could hear a human king. They could follow a human king. So, they got a human king.
We face the same struggle today. We want a leader that we can see, hear, and follow. So, we make others “king” of specific areas of our lives. We place safety/protection, provision, education/vocation/purpose, morality/ethics/perspective, and even the pace at which we live life into the hands of earthly “kings” who lead us into lives that are filled with desperation. When we realize this how can we turn to the LORD and make God as our King?
Jesus began his ministry by submitting to God in baptism. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus in the form of a dove. The Father spoke from the heavens, saying that this was His Son in whom he was well pleased. Jesus walked up out of the waters of baptism and started his preaching ministry.
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." (Matthew 4:17 NIV)
How do we learn about making God our King? We turn to Jesus. We look at his life. We listen to his preaching and teaching. We follow in his steps. Through Jesus we learn how to let God’s Kingdom come and His Will to be done here on earth just as it is in heaven.
When Jesus trained his disciples, he didn’t just stop there. He trained them to go and make disciples of all nations as well. In this training, he sent them out two by two on training missions. When he did, he told them their key objective:
As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' (Matthew 10:7 NIV)
How about you? Are you turning to Our King? Are you helping others turn to Our King?