12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
For a throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And they love him who speaks what is right.
As long as there has been society there has been rulers, kings, presidents, chiefs, and so forth. We are not the first society to struggle with our national leadership nor will we be the last. As Christians, it can be difficult to have the right perspective on the government. Over 3,000 years ago, King Solomon gave us this advice about our rulers.
As the king of a city or of an empire, righteousness is befitting the office. When we think of kings of history who were wicked, we use terms like “barbaric” or “evil.” A wicked king would be one who used his power for his own good, to increase his own bank account to satisfy his own fleshly desires. Unfortunately, history is filled with such kings. When governments have been ruled in wickedness the people get weary of it and look for a way to overthrow it.
On the other hand, when a king is righteous and treats his people with righteousness for their good, that king’s rule is established, secure, and even prosperous. Solomon was a good and righteous king who established his kingdom, at least for a while. His son, Rehoboam, was a wicked king who was considered an abomination by ten tribes who rebelled against his wickedness and his authority.
Furthermore, when a king speaks in righteousness, that is, his words are peace, and kindness, and respect, that king will bring delight to the people that he is governing over. A ruler who uses his words carefully and right will be loved by those he governs.
We do not need to look to far into history to find these proverbs to be true. When we, as Christ-followers, struggle with our government leaders, it will be because they are not righteous in their words nor in their actions. The further the government leaders stray from God’s righteousness, the more abominable they become. We do have instructions on this in the NT:
1 Timothy 2: 1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
We are called to pray for our government authorities so that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives and that they may come to know the Lord as Savior. This is the Christ-follower attitude toward government and its leaders.
It is Friday again and we are in preparation time for Sunday. Join us today for prayer at 11:45 as we seek God’s face together. Gather with other believers this day and pray for your pastor for Sunday school teachers, for musicians and for technical workers in your church. Pray for God to gather with you as you come together under His word and His Spirit this Sunday.
Thank you for your prayers for those I was able to share Christ with this week. The Word was well received, and hearts were definitely softened. Continue to pray with me for clarity of understanding that will bring these dear people to faith in Christ alone as their eternal Savior form their sins.
Have a great day in the Lord