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20 June, 2014 13:29

June 20, 2014

THE EARTH QUAKES…WHEN A SERVANT REIGNS

Sometimes we fail to recognize the importance of the Proverbs and dismiss them as simply ‘cute sayings’. All of us would profit greatly by the wisdom they contain if only we were more attuned to the fact that they were inspired by the Spirit of God.

Only today I was musing over the proverb; “Under three things the earth quakes, or is disquieted; under four it cannot bear up: under a slave when he becomes king…” Prov.30:21,22.

What is implied here according to most expositors is that “These evils destroy the comfort of social life, uproot the bonds of society, and endanger the safety of a nation”. The Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22 reads: “For a servant when he reigns” or another translation is, “under a slave when he becomes king.” This was a common Eastern saying implying that when someone is elevated to a position for which they are unfit, they often use that position for their own aggrandizement while at the same time endangering those under them.

Charles Bridges in his exposition of the Book of Proverbs says this in reference to this verse: “…The evil is far greater in a kingdom…the evil is the advancement to power of ignorant unprincipled minions. Men of mean spirit cannot bear to be raised. Intoxicated by sudden elevation, these upstarts show themselves not only fools, but tyrants swelling with all the insolence of their unseemly honor… In the ordinary course it can only be viewed as a chastening dispensation.”

He then refers the reader to Isaiah 3:4 “And I will make mere lads their princes and capricious children will rule over them”.

We are experiencing this in real time today. God, I believe, has allowed a community organizer to become President. This sudden rise from obscurity to the Presidency has given him a feeling of omnipotence unlike any previous president in history. Intoxicated with his new found power and authority he has skirted the law and refuses to listen to anyone other than himself. He even has the audacity to bypass Congress in order to achieve his own ends.

Why am I saying this? Because I believe as hard as it is for many of us to accept, he is our President and therefore in need of our prayers. Whether he is in office as a result of God’s judgment upon the nation or for other reasons, we still need to pray.

These are perilous times in our nation as well as around the world. Peter wrote: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer”. Paul exhorted Timothy to: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority…” He then gives two reasons: ‘That we may live a tranquil and quiet life…” and “who desires that all men might be saved…”

Regardless of how we feel about our President it is our duty to pray for him. Criticizing him won’t change anything, but praying well could!

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  1. June 20, 2014 7:18 pm

    Thanks David for this word. You got me thinking about how these things affect me as well. Fame, wealth, prestige and power intoxicate. I’m glad I don’t have any of those things in my life right now. I don’t touch alcohol for the same reason. Not because its wrong, but because I don’t trust myself with them. They are big and dangerous swords to wield.
    -Don

  2. June 25, 2014 7:47 am

    Thanks David… This is a good word and one needed to be thought of in this day. First because it is so important for us to take our place beside Jesus in “Heavenly Places”. We are children of the “Most High God” and as so, we need to be walking completely in our calling. Sadly most of us are not anywhere near ready to rule here on this earth.

    It would be a good thing for everyone to do a nice long study of the Kings of Israel and Judah. It is sobering to watch as men are handed power and how they react to it. There is much to be learned as we ponder their lives and are enlightened by their folly. We wonder why God seems to take so long to fulfill the dreams He has placed in our hearts. I think we forget that He can see right into our hearts and is waiting for us to get our hearts in order, so that we can be somewhat ready for Him to use us.

    Also, You are right about us needing to pray for our President. I believe that God is allowing our country to go through a shaking right now, so that all that can be shaken will be shaken and only what is built on the Rock shall stand. This is not a bad thing. Just like the hardships in our lives that bring us to our knees become the greatest catalysts to bring us closer to God, give us the greatest testimonies, and make our weekness’ stronger… this shaking is paving the way for God to raise up His army and prepare them for the last days. The enemy right now is trying to get our eyes off God’s plan to bring “ALL” of His children back to Himself. This includes all members of our Government, no matter what side of the isle they are on. Who are we to pick who needs salvation? Heaven help us. Thanks for the reminder.

    “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends,[c] how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.” Matthew 5:43-47

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