In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. – Judges 17:6 NIV
God had fulfilled all His promises to Israel. They possessed the Promised Land. They conquered every foe. God gave them success in everything they did.
But it only took one generation for the nation to forget that their blessing flowed from God’s authority and power. So, in Judges 17, the Israelites start worshipping idols of silver.
The author of Judges points out that the reason for their lapse was lack of leadership. They had no king, and everyone did as they saw fit.
That sounds much like our society today. Even worse, it sounds like how too many Christians live their lives. Our individualism pushes us to seek our own way instead of submitting to God’s ordained authority structures. When that happens, we end up worshipping idols instead of God.
We do not have a king–nor should we. But we do have the Word, the Church, and the Spirit. Make sure to submit to leadership that strives to have all three of those in concert.