One proverb and a few thoughts this morning:
A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich. (28:6)
A lot of people are upset with Bernard Madoff because of the money he stole in that big scam recently. They’re mad at the economy because their savings and investments are worth much less than before (mine are 50% down right now). Many have a hard time believing that it will come back better than before.
What if it doesn’t? Could you be OK with that? What if you never get back your investments? Will you keep your integrity? Madoff lost his trying to get rich. Let’s not make the same mistake. God’s Word doesn’t change. Keep saving and giving as before, and God will bless your wisdom and faithfulness.
There are several proverbs in this chapter that have to do with government. They all have the same basic concept – when wicked people rule, the masses become poor and run away; when righteous people rule, the masses rejoice (28:2, 12, 15, 16, 28)
Now you can believe what you want about politics and policies – who’s right and who’s wrong. But here are the facts that have been rolling around in my head these last few days:
- Human government can not be perfect, because it is run by imperfect people – regardless of the party in charge. Every administration and congress makes mistakes – get used to it. We must pray that our leaders make wise decisions. But whether we like them or not, unless they require us to do something contrary to God’s Word, they are the rule of law under which we must live.
- Human government can not make everyone happy. There are over 300 million opinions in our country alone about how our government should be run. If you think you have a better plan – run for office. I might even vote for you. But know that even you can’t make everyone – or anyone – happy all of the time. Sometimes you just have to do what you think is right.
- Human government is temporary. In America it changes every two years – the entire House, one-third of the Senate, and state-level politicians. Every other two-year cycle might bring a new president. So no matter how good or bad you think we have it right now, it’s temporary. Only God’s rule and God’s work will last forever, so be sure you have him as your focus and priority. America will not last forever.
Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)