7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the gate he does not open his mouth.
8 Whoever plans to do evil
will be called a schemer.
9 The devising of folly is sin,
and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
It seems to me that the majority of world leadership today is lacking wisdom. No, they are not ignorant people, on the contrary, they are highly intelligent people. As I read the book of Proverbs, Solomon says that people who plan to do evil are schemers and those who devise to do folly, or foolishness, are committing sin. Furthermore, those who scoff at God’s truth are an abomination to mankind, that is, those they are supposed to be leading.
When my dad raised me, he taught me to respect people in government positions. He taught me to respect the authorities that were over me. It seems to me that back then, those who were in authority were respect worthy. We are still called to respect them and especially to pray for them, but it sure would be easier to do if they acted with wisdom and not with such evil scheming and foolish actions.
Leadership is supposed to lead with wisdom and with concern for all whom they are leading. Leadership is to seek the counsel of other people of wisdom and work together for the good of those whom they lead. Solomon also said that when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked are in authority the people mourn. People in many nations are mourning today because of foolish and evil leadership.
So, what are we to do? 1 Timothy 2:1–4 “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 must increase our efforts in prayer for our leadership. They are acting foolishly but so did Nebuchadnezzar, whom God humbled. Let us pray that our nation’s leader will have Nebuchadnezzar moments when they will be humbled before the God of heaven and acknowledge that He is in control, not them. God can still change lives and do the impossible work of bringing salvation to needy souls.
Bobbi and Jared are visiting our family in the US right now. Jared is doing well and we are thankful for this. He really does know and love all twelve of his nieces and nephews. It is an interesting relationship that they all share with him. Jared knows all of his family by name, at times he talks about them, sometimes we pray for them all, and he fills in any blanks I leave.
Please pray with us for this upcoming Sunday. I am almost finished preaching through the book of Colossians. What a great journey this has been for us. I am also wrapping up from my last class having turned in a project yesterday and another one due the 21st. Word of Life Indonesia has asked me to speak at two of their upcoming youth retreats. Pray for these opportunities to point young people to the Savior.
Thank you for all of your prayers for the Schroeders. We appreciate you and thank God for your prayers and for your love.
Have a great day in the Lord,