In Judges 20 and 21, we see some examples of very sinful actions, the worst of which being a gang rape committed by the people of Benjamin. At the end of chapter 21, the scripture explains why these things were happening: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25 ESV).
While the world has always been about doing what’s “right for me,” we have clouded vision and can seldom see with moral clarity. In our quest to do what is right for us, it is gauranteed that we will do wrong to others. Such a self-centered outlook will most certainly result in heinous actions.
Scripture says the problem was that Israel had no king- not one that they recognized, anyway. God reigns on the throne of Heaven, but the people of Israel continually turned their backs on God and did not heed His Word.
The solution then to evil is listening to your righteous King. Do not do what pleases you, which, like a house of cards, will cause everything to fall apart. Like a row of dominoes, your first self-centered actions will continually lead to more, leaving a path of destruction in your wake. Instead, the righteous Judge is the only One who had the clarity and insight to declare sin and righteousness.
Is Jesus reigning on the throne of your heart today? Are you heeding the righteous edicts of your Heavenly King?