"In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." Judges 17: 6
This passage isn't all doom and gloom - there's actually a positive spin to it:
Within the context of Scripture a king in Israel should mean the voice of God heard through His designated leaders. That wasn't always the case however, and isn't the case in most instances in our day, as kings and political leaders don't all represent the God of Scripture - as we understand Him to be. In most instances if we were to follow these individuals we'd find ourselves at odds with God.
Interestingly then, the above passage was a sad commentary on the state of affairs then, and is the case in most instances today. But it is within this freedom of conscience that we enjoy our distinctive way of worshipping God. We are free to choose Jesus Christ to be King of our lives. Once Jesus is enthroned then He becomes our conscience and the dictator of all our beliefs and practices; He reigns supreme in our lives.
Now in the cosmic sense, there's always a king in place; God, or Satan. The question is: who is yours? I like the words of this song in answering that question:
"King of my life I crown thee now, thine shall the glory beLest I forget thy thorn crowned brow lead me to Calvary...." Amen.
To read the full passage and other blogs please go to http://revivedbyhisword.org/en/bible/jdg/17/.