Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Multitude of People – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verse 28
28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Multitude of People
Boy, I struggled with this one for a little while. Don’t get me wrong, I get the message, but what I was having trouble with, is how do we apply it to our lives? If there would be any among you, who happen to be either a prince or a king, with subjects under you, raise your hand.
I didn’t think so. We are referred to as “Kings and Priests” later on in Revelation, but this verse doesn’t strike me as a “when you get there,” kind of lesson.
Then it dawned on me (via Holy Ghost) what this was going to be all about. And it begins with a question. Why is there a multitude of people on the one hand, and a want of people in the other?
A blend of good policies, peace within its borders, fair and sound legal structure, and a military strong enough to defend its borders, are all the hallmarks of a good King. A place where people want to stay, and live out their lives, and the King is glorified by this success.
Terrible policies, burdensome taxation, uneven handed justice system, chance of being overthrown maximized due to the failed policies and hungry military, and sin promoted from the top down, are all the trademarks of the destruction of a prince.
He may not have known it at the time, but Solomon was actually giving us a foreshadow, of the difference between his kingdom and that of his son, the Prince. There was unequaled peace and prosperity for all during the reign of Solomon.
But in the reign of his son, the kingdom became divided into two nations, and the prosperity became a thing of the past. Incredibly tragic tale to be honest.
So what does any of this matter to you and I? Well, here is where we take it from a kingdom, into a household. And if not a household, we can just hold it up against your daily conduct through life.
Does your household run and function like a well oiled machine, or is it a shambles? I’m not talking anything at all about finances, or things that are outside of your control, but anything at all that is inside of your control.
Do you reflect the morals and principals of the Good King, the Lord Jesus? Or would they be aligned with the world at large, which would be the prince of the powers of the air? These are all wildly deep questions to contemplate, and are a wonderful humbler for many of us (us meaning myself, and perhaps others).
We are not perfect, but our example is. We are flawed, but the King of Kings is without blemish or spot. The more we learn of him, and apply his ways to our lives, we align even stronger into his will, and the traits of the Good King, begin to start showing through you.
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) became a fairly popular slogan in the 90’s. I wonder, how many people followed through to find out what Jesus would do given whatever the situation? Should the Lord one day grant you a kingdom to be in charge of, what would it look like after five years?
Would it be a flourishing metropolis? Or a barren city, with with for sale signs littering yards, and in the windows of businesses? Be a good king!
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.
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.
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 so much for opening up your Word to us, and helping us to understand that which we once did not. Help us to do all things through the lens of your reign in us, and teach us what you would do in all situations were you to be going through it instead of us. Teach us through your Spirit, and through your Word. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we we pray.
Were you running a kingdom, would you be destroyed for lack of people, or would you be reigning over a multitude of people?