Understanding the Kingdom of God

by Shane Wall

I was moved to tears. I said to God, “Lord, I'm sorry. I am so very sorry...”

I was hurt. I felt as if I wanted to console God—as if He needed any consolation—but I just knew that I had to do something. I had to tell people how God felt! I just had to let them know!

I was preparing to teach Bible study that evening. I had sent out a mass text telling the members that the message I was about to deliver had truly moved me.

I had come across a verse I’d never noticed before in all my years of studying the Bible:

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 1 Samuel 8:4­7 KJV

The Israelites, God's people in the Bible, were ruled by the Lord and His prophets. Samuel, a prophet who faithfully served God from his youth, was confronted by the elders of Israel because they wanted a king to rule over them. Then, I read what the Prophet Samuel said in response to the elders. This is the other verse that touched my heart so deeply, moving me to tears:

And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. 1 Samuel 12:12 KJV

The children of Israel wanted to be like Ammon and the idol worshipping nations that had kings ruling over them. By seeking a king, the people had rejected God, Who created, loved, and protected them. They literally dethroned God as king just so they could be like everyone else.

How could anyone reject the Almighty God as being their king? Immediately after reading that the elders of Israel told Samuel they didn’t not want God as their king, I repented. I thought about the times that I didn’t honor God as my king.

I heard preachers and other Christians mention the Kingdom of God. I understood the term as just another way fellow Christians communicated to each other how blessed we are to be a part of God’s church worldwide. I never really thought any deeper about what that term meant.

I have heard powerful sermons by Dr. Myles Munroe, a pastor from Nassau, Bahamas, who has written best­-selling books on the Kingdom of God. His sermons prompted me to conduct a personal Bible study on the subject for over a year.

When we give our lives to the Lord, we become citizens in His Kingdom. The wonderful truth about God’s Kingdom is that, differing from democracy, there is no voting in a kingdom. Whatever the king says goes.

Therefore, if you are truly committed to the Lord, realize that no matter how many forces are against you, in God’s Kingdom, His word of peace and prosperity concerning you is Law. Even though we are in this world, we are not of this world. So, be encouraged to know that your provision comes from our loving Father above. Trust Him and all shall be well.

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