Here in the U.S., we don’t know the impact, importance, or significance of having a king. As you will recall, the Children of Israel longed for a king, to be like the nations around them. Today, we long for things that those around us have and yes, those things become “kings” in our lives. But let’s get back to the impact, importance, and significance of a king …

A king’s duty was to protect and provide for the people in his kingdom; his loyal subjects. We watch movies today of how kings in years long ago were mean and put themselves above all others. With that picture in our minds, it is hard to picture the God of the universe as a loving, self-sacrificing king. But He is. 

When we truly understand the depth of His love for us, the great sacrifice He has made to redeem us, the never-ending attention He gives to our circumstance, the perfect plan He has designed for us, and that out of all the millions of people in the world, HE CHOSE US. I, like the bond servant, willingly allow my ear to be pierced to show my dedication, my love for Him, and I, too, like the angels bow before His throne in adoration of who He is. Even as I write this, I am thinking that I don’t fully understand the vastness of His love, but someday I will. I will bow. I will worship. I will give Him everything willingly, delightfully, expectantly. Because He makes all things new. 

Julia Johnson

Executive Director BYNA 

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