Sunday Soothings

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”

For most of the world, politics is a love/hate relationship. We take sides. We argue the tenets of our beliefs, whether liberal or conservative. At times, it can be very divisive.

For the child of God, it is a matter of directed prayer. God will move the hearts of the leaders of every nation because He is Sovereign. But we are to have an active part in prayer for our leaders.

Paul instructed Timothy to have directed prayers for all those in authority.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Interesting that those atop our list should be those in authority. Whether it is a matter of priority and importance or that we remember and not forget, our leaders are in front of all else.

With the rise of social media, the freedom to criticize and complain has risen exponentially. Everyone has an opinion about this or that. Social media platforms have seemingly given a voice to those who would not speak out otherwise. This is NOT a good thing for the child of God.

Two verses in the Bible used to confound me.

 Proverbs 26:4-5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” 

So, which is it? To answer or not, that is the question.

Then, someone enlightened me with these two anecdotes.

One is:

“When you wrestle with a skunk, whether you win or lose, you still come away smelling bad.”

The other is:

“Do not wrestle with a fool. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

We often fail to pray diligently for those in authority yet, criticize them openly. This ought not to be so for the child of God.

It is an excellent practice to have that we bathe that person in prayer before we say one word of criticism. More often than not, what we saw as criticism turns into compassion. Prayer has a way of changing us. God knew we needed to pray more than we talk.

James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

This applies to our prayer life as well. 

We need to listen far more than we talk. Our Heavenly Father desires to have a conversation with us. How is that possible when we are dumping our ‘laundry list’ on Him?

Today, let us pray and listen more than we talk.

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