January 9, 2019

Political Wisdom

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 9, 2019

By me [wisdom] kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.  Proverbs 8:15–16

The wisdom of God overshadows the best and brightest thinking of man. This is why our ancestors accessed the Almighty for knowledge and understanding in crafting our constitution. Its remarkable effectiveness is contingent on faith: faith in God, faith in government, and faith in its citizens.

Indeed, politicians who plead with Providence for wisdom will become the wiser. Those rulers who recognize their authority is from God, will rule for God. There is a humble ambition that escorts the most effective statesman into public service, as political pride is exchanged for humble wisdom.

Those rule wisely when faith rules in their conscience and character. Political wisdom is a prerequisite for those public servants who govern on behalf of the people and in alignment with the principles of Providence. These wise rulers are able to rest in peace in the middle of a storm.

A culture thrown into economic chaos especially needs principled men and women to step up, to sacrifice, and to make hard decisions. Wisdom in the middle of extreme uncertainty requires painful prescriptions to prevent further panic. Wise politicians face disastrous consequences and determine what is best for the whole in light of the long term.

Pray for political leaders to look beyond themselves and short-term relief into the perspective and principles of God found in Holy Scripture. Indeed, political wisdom prays for intervention by the Almighty and understanding from the Almighty. Perhaps during desperate days a filibuster of faith is first needed; so our leaders start by looking and listening to the Lord.

Just laws follow political wisdom because they do what is right, as Christ defines right. Wise politicians keep their hand of faithfulness on the Bible’s principles and their hearts submitted under the Lord’s authority. Presidents honor Him by never forgetting their sacred inaugural vow of “So help me God.” The Bible says, “Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the Lord loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness” (1 Kings 10:9 nasb).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray for our leaders to govern with wisdom from God and not from the wisdom of the world, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Application

How can I facilitate political wisdom with those public servants in my circle of influence?


Related Reading

Psalm 148:11–13; Daniel 2:21–47; Romans 13:1; Revelation 19:11–16


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