Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Wicked Advisers – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 12
12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Wicked Advisers
What a testament to the importance of integrity as a qualifying factor when it comes down to who’s going to advise a leader. We’ve gone over quite a bit in past devotionals concerning leadership or being placed in a position of authority.
However, this verse focuses on advisers to a leader (President, Prime Minister, King, Queen, Dictator, whatever). There are many things that a leader can’t do. One of which, is to be all places all the time.
Governments have people who report to higher ups, who report to their higher ups, so on and so on until the information works its way up to a handful of people, who’s position it is to be an adviser to the leader.
In the United States, it’s mind boggling to think about all of the opportunities that exist to purposefully toss misinformation into the flow that could reach the White House. Plus, the majority of people in these positions are not there without showing a level of intelligence.
If they wanted to shove lies into a report for example, they’d know how to do it, and have already thought about how they’d get away with it, in the event the lies are discovered. In that case blame for a “mistake” in a report would fall on the shoulders of someone under the purveyor, rather than reflecting upon him or her.
Oddly enough, these people who are in positions to do this are un-elected officials. They’re career government officials that see presidents as “part timers,” due to their inability to stay any longer than eight years.
Since we’re talking about the servants of a ruler, or in the case of the United States the President and his advisers, it shouldn’t make any difference who the President is. If you hate Trump, or hated Obama, or even Bush, many of the same people were there under them behind the scenes.
As citizens, and as Christians, what should we do?
First thing to do is pray, pray, and pray.
Pray for the President touching every area of his life, family, etc.. Pray for the Vice President, congress, senate, and all who reside therein, and that the wicked would be replaced with those who will abide by the Lord’s will (even if they don’t know it).
Pray for divine justice to come upon those who are dealing wickedly, purveying lies, and distorting the truth. Also that everything that they’ve established in wickedness would be torn down, and replaced with things that are righteous. And that all things hidden in darkness bear witness to the light, and become exposed.
Some would say that we as Christians are not supposed to take mind over such things. My response to that would be that is the same attitude that the Rabbi had as he walked past the beaten man laying in the street and did nothing.
As we cool our heels, the wicked are busy. The very least we can do is pray that the Lord stand against the wicked in this nation.
We’re in a two seated car. Either Jesus or wickedness is driving. There is no back seat. We’re either for Jesus and against wickedness, or against Jesus which is wickedness. No middle ground to stand back and watch.
As I said, the least we can do is pray.
Related New Testament Scripture
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Thank you for your Word, and for pointing out to us how important it is to have our rulers surrounded with good, honest, knowledgeable people, rather than the wicked. If there are any who are wicked attempting to influence our leaders, from the President all the way down to dog catcher, may the wicked be removed and face your diving justice against the wickedness that they are attempting to purvey. Replace them with dependable people of integrity, that will in one way or the other perform their duties as you would have them to do. This we pray on behalf of our nation, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you aware of how many awful things have taken place on this earth due to wicked advisers?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 28 P. 441 – What Kind of People
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 28 P. 433 – Oppressing the Poor
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 341 – Nothing to Pay
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 14 P.183 – Sin is a Reproach
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 3 P.27 – Paying off a Debt