Why do people like kings? Why was that true of God’s people who knew the King of kings?
Scripture tells us it isn’t wrong to want an earthly king—if that leader will submit his authority to the power of God. Proverbs 21:1 says, “In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” Some of Israel’s kings lived for God, but none ever lived or reigned perfectly.
Israel’s kings were successful when they depended on God’s leadership, and failed when they believed their power alone was sufficient. Listening for God’s direction and trusting his will were essential to being a leader to God’s people.
One of the goals of this study is to help you learn to discern the voice of God so that you can choose his path for your life. When does God speak? What is his message? How do you obey? Biblical history teaches that none of Israel’s kings or servants lived in perfect obedience, yet God’s sovereign plan will always be accomplished.
Where do we look for our direction? We all need godly people who can influence our lives. God’s agenda, since the Garden of Eden, has been to help his people know and follow his guiding Presence in their lives.
How do we learn to trust the men and women of God and discern those who walk closely with him? And how do we learn to live as a godly influence for others?
This study will show us how God used David and Solomon to influence and lead the people of Israel to a closer relationship with God as their King. Their stories will encourage us to make God our King as well.