Proverbs 24: King James Bible
For God and Country – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verses 21-22
21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: 22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – For God and Country
In many different ways, I happen to be an “if it aint broke, don’t fix it,” kind of guy. But every now and then change is an awesome thing, despite how set in my ways I’ve become.
Thinking back, there’s no phone in existence today, that can beat the sound of the old rotary phones (in my personal opinion). The big bulky speaker to the ear and the equally large microphone down by the mouth (where it belongs), is in my mind a long lost treasure.
Now of course we’ve got smartphones, that can do anything but open a can of beans. But they all sound like garbage (in my personal opinion). That of course didn’t stop me from giving them a shot, but after breaking two smartphones, I gave up on fooling with them. Cheaper that way.
I brought up the change in phones as an example of the kind of change that the Lord is not talking about in the verse above. He isn’t talking about people who are given to change concerning technological kinds of things.
We are given instructions to fear two different entities up above; the Lord and the king. Please note, the word “king” is with a lowercase “k,” so he isn’t talking about Christ Jesus here. He’s talking about first himself, then the established form of government that whomever reads these verses are under.
However, it behooves us to recognize that the order by which the Lord gives us this information is clear. First the Lord, then the king. Then the verse continues about meddling with those who are given to change.
Many things have been done over the years for God and country, some things good, others bad. We hear that as a catch phrase quite a bit. But is it the truth? I would argue that often, that order is reversed, putting country before God.
Since we have no earthly king here in the United States, and monarchies are few and far between around the world, we need to take the word “king” and replace it with whoever is on top of the political food chain. Here, it’s the President (though many would argue that).
The two verses above are not speaking about those given to change as far as political systems go, but is talking about the order that is given in the same verse! Fear the Lord (this is first), and the king (this is second).
If people are doing things for country and God, rather than for God and country, then it appears that patriotism can become a vessel for becoming deceived. There is nothing at all wrong with being patriotic, despite what people say.
But when the love for God and country is switched, verse 22 kicks into effect, and it will never end well for those who have been given to that change. Does this mean to stay out of political stuff? Nope, I don’t believe so.
It is saying to put the Lord first. He should be above all, and his instruction, his ways, and his will, should be the guiding hand for us all as it relates to everything that comes after him. To fear the king is a good thing, and will keep one out of trouble. But to fear the king more than the Father, that will always create a mess.
This, in my personal opinion, has been happening for many years now, to the point where honest patriotism is seen nearly at the same par with fascism. Throughout time (at least here in the U.S.), all things at the top of the food chain have been done for country and man, or even man and country; rather than for God and country.
I also believe that this is the reasoning behind all of the political upheaval around this country as it relates to the protests, the turmoil, the mudslinging, etc.. When people who want to put the Lord first begin to make a stand after a long while of being silent, every stronghold that has been erected will send forth their troops to stand against them.
The more I think about this topic, the more amazed I am over the patience and longsuffering of the Lord God. With all of the things that are done falsely in his name, and also the things that are done against his name, his patience just blows me away.
But his patience isn’t without an end. When t does end, that’s where their calamity will rise suddenly, and their end will not be as they would desire.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Matthew 22: King James Bible
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
Matthew 22: King James Bible
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
Hebrews 13: King James Bible
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Thank you for your Holy Ghost, to help us to make sense out of your Word, and to grant us the understanding, so that we can apply your eternal wisdom in our lives. Without him, these would seem like antiquated verses, from a time gone by. But your Word is life, and is alive through your power, and we thank you for the opportunity to have it and keep it. Please forgive us Father, if we’ve placed anything at all over you. Be it country, governments, even family or friends. Whatever or whomever, if we have placed them over you, please forgive us for it, and help us to better prioritize everything with you at the head. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever recognized something taking place that was for country and man, rather than for God and country?
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