Scripture reading – Proverbs 28; Proverbs 29

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We continue our study in the Book of Proverbs, and today’s Scripture reading is Proverbs 28 and 29. This is the first of two Bible studies for the day, as we consider a proverb from each chapter.

 

Proverbs 28

 

Proverbs 28:22For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

The truths conveyed in Proverbs 28:2 are both political and spiritual. Solomon, the king of Israel, was burdened that his son be prepared to rule the nation. Because he understood a nation’s leaders’ powerful influence upon its people, the king stated a couplet of wisdom that we should all know and heed. Consider Proverbs 28:2 with this author’s amplification of the Scripture in italics and brackets.

Proverbs 28:2  “For the transgression [sin; guilt] of a land [nation; country] many are the princes [chiefs; commanders; rulers] thereof: but by a man of understanding [discernment] and knowledge [gained by observation and experience] the state [rightness and well-being] thereof shall be prolonged [i.e., the nation shall continue to exist].”

Ponder two lessons from Proverbs 28:2. The first is that a rebellious, sinful nation becomes afflicted with many leaders! In other words, when a nation turns its back on God and rejects His Laws and Commandments, its people turn to a bloated bureaucracy for its leadership (“many are the princes thereof”). Such a nation becomes weak and divided.

That truth is seen in nearly every nation of our world. Almost without exception, there is a void for moral, principled leaders, and the world has become more dangerous. When a nation lacks timeless, unassailable principles, that country is inevitably ruled by government agencies and led by corrupt, immoral politicians.

A second lesson found in the latter half of our proverb gives hope. We read: “By a man of understanding and knowledge, the state thereof shall be prolonged” (28:2b).

A nation is blessed when it is ruled by godly leaders with godly wisdom, insight, and discernment. Whether a king, queen, president, or governor–integrity and dependence on God impart stability and a sense of security that prolongs a nation’s life and prosperity.

Lesson – The character of a leader, not the office he holds, defines his leadership.

That principle is true of a nation, state, city, school, church, and our families. Men and women of godly character make wise decisions that pave the way to health and happiness.

Closing thoughts –

The decline of a nation runs parallel to the decay in the moral fiber of its people. For instance, if you are an American and you question why the United States has lost its leadership role in the world and its force for good—you need to look no further than the character of the men and women in Washington. 

Tragically, the moral character of a nation’s leaders is indicative of its people—they are who we are! Yet, I do not want to leave you hopeless and wrestling with despair. There is something you and I can and must do—Pray for our nation and its leaders.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 – “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

 

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