God’s Qualities for a King
Read: Deuteronomy 17:14-20
In this passage, God lays out the qualities of the future king of Israel. He explains the type of king that the Israelite people should follow after. God makes it clear that this king will be chosen by Him and will be from among the Israelite people. He goes on to explain that the king must not be distracted by power, wealth or relationships. This king will prioritize the word, fear the Lord and will continually lead the people out of slavery.God is warning the people of the many temptations that the future king will face. He makes it clear that even the King will be under His rule and authority.
You’ll see as we read about the future kings, that each king failed to meet all of these qualifications. There was, and is, only ONE perfect king and that is Jesus Christ.
What is on the throne of you heart today? Is there an area in your life where you are putting something or someone other than Jesus on the throne? Are you distracted by relationships, popularity, sports, money, or your looks? Are you struggling with the many temptations of this world? Be honest with yourself about whatever it is. I encourage you to write a letter to God today, telling him about it, and asking Him to help you grow closer to him as He helps you overcome the distractions of this world.
Make a commitment to spend the next five weeks prioritizing the word by participating in these daily devotions, and ultimately putting Jesus on the throne of your heart.