Words from the Heart for Monday November 20th, 2017
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Proverbs 29:2 (NKJV)
When the Righteous Are in Authority
The pages of history tell this same story. A town, city, or nation enters into a time of peace and fruitfulness when the righteous are in authority. Their authority places the entire nation under the rule of the Lord. Forces of evil and darkness will attempt to take charge. But, as people of the Lord we can take our stand in righteousness. All the people will be then blessed through us.
Canada shares Queen Elizabeth II with 15 other independent countries within the Commonwealth of Nations, although each country’s monarchy is separate and legally distinct. As a result, Queen Elizabeth II is officially titled Queen of Canada and, in this capacity, she, her consort, and other members of the Canadian Royal Family undertake public and private functions domestically and abroad as representatives of Canada. However, the Queen is the only member of the Royal Family with any constitutional role.
The Bible speaks of how righteousness exalts a nation. The history of the world has shown this to be true. God’s people are called to be salt and light in their nation, but it makes a world of difference what the spiritual condition of the leader is. King Solomon, who had been given by God the gift of wisdom, wrote this in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” There are many examples of this in our own world. There are far too many nations today ruled by tyrants who are only looking after their own power and wealth. The people suffer as a result and as Solomon describes it here, the people groan. No wonder the Bible tells us to pray for those who have authority over us. We need to pray that the world’s leaders will look to the living God for the wisdom that He alone can give. There is a direct correlation between the spiritual health of a nation’s leaders and the well-being of its people. This alone should drive us to pray for the leaders of our nation.
These have been words from the heart.