Bọtini SORI: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2).
There have been rulers in history whose deaths were celebrated with wild jubilation among their subjects. The deaths of other rulers produced an outpouring of grief across their domains and, sometimes, across the world. What accounts for the difference? Simply, it is the quality of their reign as perceived by their citizens. We are all remembered by what we have done. Some young politicians launch their career as student activists, vehement critics of the government.
Their activism pushes them into political limelight but, alas, they are elected and soon get corrupted by the temptations and pressures of public office. As an empty bag cannot stand upright, so no ruler without the righteousness of Christ in him can rule in the absolute fear of God. Greed, oppression, lying, immorality, arrogance, treachery, and hypocrisy these are the steps of the ladder upon which many rulers ascend. Christian youths are commanded to pray “for kings, and for all those in authority” that righteousness might prevail in our land. It is a debt we owe, and one that we must pay.
Challenge: Prayer changes things, even in nations.
Prayer: Give us righteous leaders in the land, Lord, in Jesus’name.
Quote: An empty bag cannot stand upright.
Bible Reading in one Year: 2 Chronicles 30:1-5, 21-27