Reflections: All of us long for a king—a good and gracious king. Israel had that in God. And yet, they rejected him and demanded a human king instead (1 Sam 8:7). Reading Israel’s history is like watching a slow-motion train wreck. King after king, they fail, sin and die. Just as God warned, these kings are not good or gracious—they are fatally flawed. But God doesn’t give up. He promises that David’s offspring will be his chosen king. It’s through this king that God will fulfil the promise he made to Abraham and Moses: the promise of a new beginning for the whole world. We know that Jesus is that king: born of David, promised of God and perfect in every way. He is the king who saved us from our sins (Mt 1:20–21).
Question: In what areas of your life do you reject Christ as God’s chosen king? In his perfect life and sacrificial death, how does Jesus redefine our expectations of a king?
Prayer: Almighty God, we repent of rejecting you as our king and seeking to place ourselves on your throne. Humble us under your sovereign care and cause us to submit to the rule of your Son. Enable us to trust him for he alone is worthy of all blessing and honour and glory. Amen.