The story of a young king, in the Bible, in the Old Testament, tells of how a young king searched out what the Lord wanted, through the writings he found.
His kingdom had become terribly given over to and corrupted by idolatry.
He sought to bring about a change to his kingdom, by reading what he found, and to follow the Lord accordingly. And to tear down whatever was of idolatry in his kingdom.
Though he did not save his kingdom, God saw his heart, and allowed him to die before the destruction came, that was coming on them.
That was the mercy of God for him.
The Lord had consideration for him because he sought to do what was right in the eyes of God, what pleased God, and restore his kingdom to do the same.
He repented immediately on seeing what his kingdom was following, and how it had forsaken the One True God.
He immediately began to remove the idols, and idol worship, out of his land, and to follow the Lord in the way he found written.
And God saw him, and had consideration for him.
With a true and loving heart given by God, we can seek to tear down the idols that have been built up in our own lives, and then, bring the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to those around us.
First we receive the Lord, then we take the Gospel of the Good News of the Lord Jesus to others.
As the young king, we too, study and study and read the Bible, to learn how to follow the Lord. To build according to His Word and what is written in His Word. The pattern of God's Son.
The Holy Spirit will instruct us through the Word of God, as we read and get the written Word it in us. Brought to life by the Holy Spirit, His Life that is engrafted in us.
As we read the Scriptures, like a roadmap, led by the Holy Spirit, we have light to see our own idols and everything lifted up in our lives, not pleasing to God.
And then we can, through grace given through Jesus Christ, repent of those things which do not please God. Are not of Him.
Eventually we will be able to see to help do the same in the lives of those around us, by the leading of the Lord, like the splinter in another's eye, after removing the beam from our own. We then know the compassion that sees others in a different light, and our longing is not to announce their being misled, but to see others delivered out of bondage.
And what we have participated in, changing and pulling down the idols in our lives, and it will spill into our Country's life, as we tear down our own idols. Our families and even to those around us. All by God's grace given to us in His Son, Jesus.
Very similar to the life of the young king.
Sometimes people, especially through immaturity, -and Paul spoke of wolves and false doctrines, doctrines of devils...bring instructions that are not the instructions the Lord has given us in the Bible and especially in the light of the New Testament for the churches to be established and following the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even Peter was rebuked by Jesus-Get behind me satan - when he brought a desire of his own, that had a demonic influence in it. It did not please God.
He was rebuked again by Paul the Apostle when he was misled by false doctrine. But like the young king, as we read the Scriptures ourselves, in the Light of the Holy Spirit, they will keep us on course to Jesus.
It pleased God, to allow His Son to go to the cross for all of us. His ways are not our ways.
It was for a much greater purpose and the salvation of many for Jesus Christ to suffer and die on a cross for our sins and become the Savior of us all than to live a comfortable life as Peter envisioned him, coming as a King on the earth.
We read the Bible and learn from the Lord what is truly of Him and pleasing to Him. We learn to follow him.
Led by the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible always bears witness to the leading of the Lord.
Truly his ways are not our ways. But our ways become His ways, as we follow Him.
Paul admonished us to be wise as serpents, and gentle as doves.
Instead of just following just the leading of men and the traditions of men, perhaps that have become corrupted with idol worship over time, we are searching out the Scriptures and ask for the Lord's help to walk with Him. To see clearly.
We do follow men that follow the Lord. But we need to have discernment, so we know when something is not of the Lord, or when they are not following the Lord.
Then, we choose to follow the Lord.
We need to see what is off base in our own hearts and walks, convicted by the Holy Spirit of God. Then our vision is made clearer. And we can walk in our Lord's heart toward others.
It is Jesus Who is the fulfillment of the law. It is Jesus the Scriptures speak of. It is the Lord Jesus that was Abraham's seed, the child by faith. And faith in Him, makes us the children of faith and the children of God.
And children seek to honor the Father's House, and do what is pleasing to our Lord. When we follow the Lord, we can seek to do the same.
Our churches and communities, and even our political affliations, our lives, -by searching the Scriptures, and reading them over and over, until they are in us, and brought to light by the Holy Spirit of God, can we begin to "see" where we have fallen into what does not please the Lord.
Only Jesus is the only begotten of the Father Who pleases His Father. And we walk to follow Him. This pleases God. This is the Foundation that pleases our Father. Living our life following our Lord Jesus Christ. This is to be walking and learning to live without idolatry.
This is what the young king sought for without even realizing it. To be saved, and know the Lord Jesus and to bring that relationship that pleases God, to his people.
Not just blindly following men. Or men's teaching. But taking responsibility in our walks to search the Scriptures.
Not to be contentious, but responsible for the great salvation entrusted to us.
To teach ourselves first, then our lives will show his life to others, in a humble heart to the best of our ability, what only the Lord can give and work in us.
It is to let our light so shine, that they are drawn to the Lord who is in us. We are His workmanship. All glory is His. The imperfect pencil, in the Hands of a Perfect God.
Sincerely, Kathleen Angell