“Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.” (2nd Chronicles9:8)
God revealed His love for His people by providing good leaders for His people. The leader’s responsibility was to reflect that love to the people by maintaining justice and righteousness.
God provides resources necessary to lead effectively. He places a call upon those to covenant loyalty, love, and faithfulness. At times voices outside the community of faith call those called to lead with a reminder of their responsibilities.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, it has been said by many, “That God calls people to leaderships, and if He calls them, He also equips them to lead.” So as you read your Bible beloved, slow down and notice that not that God called, were equipped, but when it was necessary, He provided exactly what they needed and right on time. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The empty tomb proves Christianity. The empty church denies it!”
“So that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons. May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.” (Ezra6:10, 12)
History records that Darius and Cyrus deferred to the gods of he vassal nations of Persia. Darius realized the value of prayer to Israel’s God. These foreign kings did not believe in the uniqueness of the God of Israel, but God makes even pagan rulers serve His purposes, as was the case given here.
“Then they cried to the Lord, ‘O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O Lord, have done as you pleased.’ Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. As this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.” (Jonah1:14-16)
The sailors had called to their own gods (verse 5). They understood Jonah’s reference to the universal God (verse 9). When Jonah revealed the reason for the storm, they called on Jonah’s God.
Pagans are welcome at God’s altar when they learn to acknowledge Him. Prophets’ prayers lack meaning when not backed by obedience.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“During the time of of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’” (Matthew 2:2)
It has been said that “foreign students of the nighttime skies,” or foreign kings with an interest in the night skies,” or “Magi or magicians,” or “astrologers,” had been following a special star that they told Herod was the sign of the “Messiah”, i.e. the new born king of the Jews. They were looking for him, so that they could worship him. With Herod already filled with paranoia, this like taking gasoline and pouring it on the fire.
These astrologers shed light on Herod’s corruption governments. It showed Jesus as the fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy (Micah 5:2). It also confirmed God’s power over human rulers and His ability and commitment’s to protect Jesus. Herod the Great ruled from 37 to 4 BC, so Jesus was born about 6 BC. What Herod did in response to this threat was horrendous and irresponsible, but then he was not a good leader and he was eliminated by his own son, who was much like his father; he was ruthless and corrupt. All of this was an answer to God’s people.