It is election day in the United States of America. In this article we will review some of what the book of Proverbs says about those who would rule as kings and leaders over nations.
Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
My observations: The most important “issue” might not be the economy or foreign policy or immigration but morality and justice. 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.” We should seek leaders who respect Biblical morality.
No matter what the outcome God is still in control. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord!” At the end of the day some are going to be greatly disappointed. We should not despair but we should pray! To those living under Rome Paul wrote, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1Timothy 2:1-2).
Finally, 24:21 reminds us to be submissive to those in authority. If we rebel we bring trouble upon ourselves in this life but even more seriously we disobey God.
What did you see in these Proverbs?
It is a privilege to live in a country where we can sing (and pray), “God bless America, land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above”.