Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Righteous in Authority – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 2
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Righteous in Authority
There is a two fold blessing as well as a two fold curse tucked into the verse above. It may not be so obvious at a quick glance, but they’re there.
On its face, this verse is easy to understand and doesn’t need any real exposition. It is something that we can relate to quite easily, and place into situations that we deal with. Whether it would be our local, state or federal bodies of government, or the authoritative structure of the workplace, we can understand the benefits of someone righteous in authority, and also the heaviness of the wicked.
What is key about this verse and verses similar to it, would be to place the right meaning to the words being used. Particularly the words “righteous” and “wicked.” Don’t forget, we’re reading the Bible here, and the Lord is particular when using the words righteous and wicked.
Righteous would be those who are in right standing with Father, whereas the wicked would be those who are not. We tend to judge folks along the lines of good and bad, right? This is a good person, or this is a bad person. Our biases get mingled in with what we are presented with, changing information into opinions.
If someone has the ability to make us feel warm and fuzzy, we may lean toward thinking he or she as righteous. If someone makes us feel like garbage then that person must be wicked, right?
Our emotional biases are exactly why we need the Word of the Lord in play when making a call as to whether or not someone is righteous. Righteousness has nothing to do with any form of our emotional response to that person. It’s the Lord who has judged and defined who is righteous with him, not us.
Despite what my kids may tell you, I wasn’t around to witness the apostles carry out their ministries. However, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that some apostles were favored in the eyes of the masses better than others? I would think so.
Each of them had different personalities, and responded to things differently. I would bet, that because some were better with people than others, that they were liked more in the eyes of those who were dealing with them. Makes sense right? If that were the case, does that make those who were liked better more righteous than those who weren’t as favored int eh eyes of the public?
What if a few of them came across as abrasive? Would that mean that they were less righteous than Peter or Paul? No, and I’ll tell you why that is.
Despite who was more popular or liked than others, they were all of the selfsame Spirit, and were not operating under the authority of their own righteousness. Our righteousness is as filthy rags in the eyes of the Lord. The only righteousness that makes any difference to the Father at this point in history, is Christ in us, the hope of glory.
It is by HIS righteousness that we have peace between us and the Father, not because we are so nice and kind to everyone. If someone has an unlikable personality, yet is still right with the Father, then that person is going to be used by the Father playing off of that particular personality.
Whether we like someone or not has no bearing on their righteousness. I have said all of that just to drive home the importance of removing our emotions from the equation, as it relates to righteousness and wickedness. We tend to think someone is wicked if they’ve made us feel bad for some reason, without giving any thought to how the Lord would weigh in on it.
Having someone righteous in a position of authority brings joy to people for two reasons (as I started all of this out with). First reason is because bearing rule through righteousness will cause them to do their best to do what is right. That is the knee jerk understanding most of us would get from this verse, right?
The second reason for rejoicing over someone righteous in authority, is because they are dealing righteously in their position, they cause the Father to move in their favor, bringing blessings shared to all who are under him. Take King Solomon for instance. As he prospered, the nation prospered as did its people.
Just the opposite is true when the wicked bear rule. They do what is popular over what is right giving no care for the ramifications of doing so. They are more concerned with being liked or loved by others, than gaining the favor of the Lord. Men pleasers always wind up falling short of pleasing the Father, therefore they do things that wind up either wicked or promote wickedness.
This brings harm unto a nation, and winds up causing the Lord to lift his hand off of that nation, inviting all other kinds of things to come in that nobody wants. When the wicked bear rule the people mourn, but I doubt they even understand why they are mourning.
I believe that the Lord wants us to get a good understanding of these kinds of things, as it would relate to leadership and positions of authority for all kinds of reasons. Personal reasons so we can weigh things against the Word and not be found giving praise to wickedness and leveling condemnation against the righteous.
But also another, more distressing reason…
I can’t remember a president that has enjoyed the office during my lifetime, that hasn’t been accused of being the antichrist. Not a single one has come and gone without someone screaming that he’s the antichrist. Now, some may truly be “anti Christ” just because they are staunch against him, but that doesn’t make a person THE antichrist. Any leader that isn’t liked by a fair amount of people won’t be the one in my opinion.
Even more recently, I’ve already heard that Trump is the antichrist, and continue to hear about Obama being the antichrist. Neither of whom is Assyrian to my knowledge, but that’s besides the point I’m trying to make.
When he does take the stage, we already know that he will be wicked, right? We do, everyone does whether they believe in God or not. Everyone knows that if there is such a thing as the antichrist, that he’s bad news.
The Devil is a lot of things, but stupid he isn’t. The antichrist isn’t going to explode on to the scene and start wiping people out left and right. He is going to be the most loved character on the face of this planet, and will not once come across as an imbecile. Can the same be said for either Trump or Obama, or for anyone else for that matter?
People are going to love this man, and he will do enough right to hide anything wrong. Emotional wizardry. People will think him as righteous without considering the Lord, but because they feel that he is. He will be the most popular leader there has ever been, and not for nefarious reasons, but for good ones. He’ll cause for wonderful things to happen, and bring all kinds of peace.
All of this will cause those who are Christ’s to stick out like a sore thumb, going against what would seem to be the answers to all of the world’s problems. At least those of us who won’t buy what he’s selling, because we’ve read the Word of God.
Will we be able to discern the difference when it comes down to it? When righteousness between man and man is cloaked as righteousness between man and God, will we have enough grip of the Word of God to avoid the wiles of the Devil?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 24: King James Bible
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
2 Thessalonians 2: King James Bible
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Revelation 13 King James Bible
13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Thank you for your Word, and for your wisdom in how you’ve presented it to us. Help us to be wise concerning the subject matter Lord. Help us to not fall for the signs and lying wonders that will be presented to us[‘ by the evil one, when he makes his move to take power over the people of the world. Please strengthen all of your children Lord, in spirit and in every other available way, through your Word and by your Holy Spirit. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you judge who’s righteous in authority by your feelings or by the Word of God?
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