Many seek a ruler’s favor, but a man receives justice from the Lord. An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked… I am the least intelligent of men, and I lack man’s ability to understand. I have not gained wisdom, and I have no knowledge of the Holy One. Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son – if you know? Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Don’t add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar. Prov 29:26-27; 30:2-6 (HCSB)
When we look at the choices we have in this world, upon whose authority is there security and stability to place your genuine trust? Which of the leaders in our Nation can we truly place our trust? For this reason we place terms of office upon our leaders so that they face the mandate of re-election every so many years. Those that lead with wisdom and truth, and are fair and transparent to the will of the people tend to stay in office the longest, and others disappear and are replaced. Now, there are those who seem to remain in office for reasons that surpass understanding, but it is their constituency who find them acceptable to them. Remember that the Israelites wanted a king like all the other nations, one that suited their desires so God gave them Saul as their first king, but read what happened to Saul after he became king – his crown was taken from him because his pride and arrogance got in the way. He thought he was behind all his success, (1 Sam 9-15).
So how can we choose wisely? How can we honor the Lord in trusting the leaders that are elected into office? First, we must recognize no one arrives into a position of authority without the Lord’s will being fulfilled. We may not understand at the time, but who are we to challenge God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word? The Lord has a perspective on this world we will never have, and only when we place our trust in Him will we begin to see His plan unfold.
I admit like the writer of this proverb that there are things that occur I cannot comprehend, but I readily admit I am but human and am certainly not even the smartest and wisest of men, therefore when there seems to be no explanation it is best to trust in the Lord – He is in control even when chaos and confusion seem prevalent.
Do you trust in the Lord? Do you live your life seeking the favor of men, or the Lord? If you have no trust beyond what man can offer, then you will be limited by what man can do. However, if you place your trust in the Lord of heaven and earth, then you have tapped the unlimited authority and power of the Creator. What kind of faith do you have? Whom do you choose to follow: temporal leaders or the eternal Creator?
The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony. The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true. For God sent Him, and He speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:31-36 (HCSB)