Ecclesiastes 4:1

I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed—and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors—and they have no comforter.

Did King Solomon prophesy about the future or did  he actually see oppression among his people? During his reign, there was abundance and prosperity. It described King Solomon in 2 Chronicles 1:15, The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. Was abundance and prosperity exclusive to Jerusalem only during King Solomon’s time?

When there’s oppression, people seek a better place to live. A caravan of Hondurans set off on foot from a crime-ridden city in an attempt to escape unemployment and the threat of violence. The region has one of the highest murder rates in the world and many try to flee gang violence. The exact number is hard to determine as the group has split up. Some are already in Mexico, while others are still at the Guatemala-Mexico border. Some estimates the number of migrants at 5,000 while a Mexican federal police commander gave a lower number of 3,000.

Such movement should remind us to pray for our government officials that God may give them wisdom in leading our nation into prosperity.  Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-3, 1I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

  And in Jeremiah 29:7, 7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Lord Jesus, give wisdom to our government in leading our nation to prosperity.

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