Ecclesiastes. 8:9

9There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt. 

King Mufasa, a pride of lions ruled over the animal kingdom in the Pride Lands. King Mufasa’s younger brother, Scar covets the throne, sets a trap, and conspired with the hyenas to drive a large herd of wildebeest into a stampede that killed his brother Mufasa. Scar steps forward as the new king in the Pride Lands. The Pride Lands have become a drought-stricken wasteland under Scar’s reign.

The prodigal kingship of Scar that led the Pride Lands to wasteland illustrates the possibility of reckless governance of dishonest and unscrupulous officials. Similarly, in 1 Samuel 8:1-5, 1When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.  2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. 4So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”

Prophet Samuel may have noble and honorable desire for his sons to serve the Lord but they missed their opportunity to establish a good name for themselves. They abused their authority that caused them to lose their privileges and benefits as leaders of Israel. The Lord granted the demand of the Israelites to have a king.

It is great to live in a country where government officials are wise and honest. It benefits us to pray for our government officials to fear the Lord and to govern wisely and honestly. It declares in Psalm 103:11, 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. And in Jeremiah 29:7, 7Seek 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, Let our government officials fear You!

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