Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Favor of a Ruler – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 26
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Favor of a Ruler
This is one of those verses where not everything is as it initially appears. At first glance it may appear that someone is seeking out favor from a ruler. Upon closer inspection, we’ll find out that the Lord is using a different context than that.
Favor of a Ruler or a Ruler’s favor?
The Strong’s concordance that which can be found in blueletterbible.org website (for those of us who don’t have a physical copy), fill us in as to how we should be looking at this verse. When we get the details of the words “the ruler’s” being used in the verse, we discover that the flavor of the verse changes a bit.
Our initial assumption is that many people seek out the ruler’s favor, as if they’re seeking out a person in power to gain his favor for some reason. This would be using the word “ruler” as a noun.
But above in the definition, it says it’s being used as a verb. At least for me, this changes everything.
When we shift gears from a noun into a verb, it could be said that many seek the favorable treatment that a ruler would get. Or the sway that a ruler would have.
This verse isn’t talking about going to anyone for favor, but rather to seek the beneficial conditions a ruler might enjoy. In my opinion, this helps us out with the rest of the verse.
Judgement comes from the Lord
Every man’s judgement comes from the Lord. It doesn’t matter if you’re a prince or a popper. Let’s take this theme into the spiritual zone.
Physically, we can understand the futility of many seeking the favor of a ruler, because there aren’t many who will achieve it. If we’re to be Biblical, it’s the Lord who lifts up and tears down. If we seek power or the favor that comes along with power, we certainly are not seeking out the Lord.
But for those of us who are saved and cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb, we have an inheritance hid with the Father. Many of us are going to become kings and priests under Christ Jesus, to reign and rule with him.
The Lord deals us a measure of judgement here in our lives in the flesh. But what will be most interesting, is the measure of judgement he will distribute out toward all who are received by him into his Kingdom. Judgement to be used in his service and in all that we’re going to be doing.
But unless we are preordained by the Father himself to still be up and around when Christ’s return comes, we’ll already have gone by way of the grave. We are meant to be living this life in preparation for the things that are to come.
Everything we learn, everything we experience, everything we do, will effect our inheritance to come. Part of that inheritance (or so I believe) is a job. Floating around on clouds wearing glowing loincloth and strumming harps for all eternity is for cartoons, TV shows, and the movies.
I have a feeling that we’ll all be surprised at all of the “doing” we’ll be doing after we enter into the peace of the Lord, and the presence of the Lord.
But there will be those who sought out greatness for themselves yet were still saved, who will become the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. And there will also be those who never sought out any greatness as they lived. Never sought to have the favor of a ruler, or to be thought loftily of.
These will be the greatest among the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Heaven. And because that is a lesson from someone who had been there (Jesus), I’m inclined to believe it.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5: King James Bible
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5: King James Bible
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mark 9: King James Bible
33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. 36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
Revelation 1: King James Bible
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 5: King James Bible
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Thank you for your Word, and for the purpose that you’ve placed into every verse. Forgive any of us who have actively sought out vain glory, rather than your approval. Teach us all in a way that is tangible and real to truly seek you out, and to seek out your Kingdom and your righteousness before all else. Your Word says that all other things will be added unto us so as we won’t have to take thought of them. We believe you, we praise you, and we cleave to you as our Father, our King, and our source of life everlasting. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Haven’t you ever wished that you had the favor of a ruler, or the treatment of a celebrity?