Proverbs 28: King James Bible
What Kind of People – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verse 12
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – What Kind of People
There are certain verses in the Bible, point out how much more simple things were in the days of Monarchies. Either the righteous would rise to power or the wicked. Sure even then, there could be a variety of wicked people in servitude to the King, but the one with the final say to all things relating to a kingdom was the top dog, the King.
In republics such as what the United States is supposed to be, and democracies across the world, it isn’t nearly that simple at all. We’ve got a big over sized pile of warm bodies running things, some wicked, some righteous, some indifferent. This is both good and bad for obvious reasons.
However, when you wind up with a righteous guy at the top (as far as the US this would be the president), it doesn’t mean that he will have the ability or the right to rule as a King would. The bureaucratic red tape enables the wicked to conduct whatever wickedness they desire, without ever being forced to reveal what they’re doing.
So, what you wind up with is neither full on righteousness or full on wickedness, always a blend of the two. One may favor over the other depending who’s in office, but generally if you look back it’s a kin to a low swinging pendulum.
So then, what do we as Christians living under these kinds of circumstances supposed to do with verses such as these?
Well, at least concerning the verse above, we can step back and get beyond what the righteous and the wicked are doing after rising to power. That removes our leaders and the various forms of government out there from the table.
When we peel that layer of the onion off of this verse, what are we left to observe? All that is left are actions of a people who are under one rule or the other, and through those actions we can see the Lord pointing out their character.
They rejoice at the rule of the righteous. That in my opinion is an easy thing to do. They hide themselves when the wicked bear rule. Again, an easy thing to do.
Would it not stand to reason, that the Lord would rather have his people stand for what’s right against wickedness, rather than hide? One of the most difficult things that we can do in our walk with the Lord, is fight the urge to be a fair weather friend with the Lord.
Fair weather friend with the Lord meaning we praise him when things are good, bellyache when they’re bad, and hide ourselves when confronted with wickedness rather than resisting the enemy, that he may flee.
There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and that friend is Christ Jesus the Lord. Are we as his friends, reciprocating such wonderful treatment when it matters? Or do we stand up and cheer when it’s safe to do so, and hide ourselves when it’s time to stand?
The Lord isn’t looking for room temperature Saints.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
James 4: King James Bible
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Revelation 3: King James Bible
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.
Thank you for your Word, and for being just and right. Help us to learn how you see things, and strengthen us when we’re faced with things that call for us to stand rather than cower. Make clear to us Lord what the world has muddied, and grant us the ability to discern lies from truth so that we don’t end up standing for what is wicked, instead of that which is righteous. Help us to learn your will, and stick to it despite what rises against us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Judging on our daily actions and reactions and how we conduct ourselves through our walk with the Lord, what kind of people would we find ourselves to be if the requirement of taking the mark of the beast happened today?