The Wisdom of God, Proverbs 16:12-15

By Betty Miller
( [email protected] ) May 12, 2006 12:12 PM EDT

It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain. (Proverbs 16:12-15)

These verses in Proverbs tell us what the role of a king should be, and how a king has the authority to rule. According to verse 12 God calls it an abomination for a king or a ruler to commit wickedness. Any leader who is wicked will cause those under his rule to suffer. It is usually difficult for a wicked king to hold his position, as those around him plot as how to over throw him. On the other hand, a good and righteous leader is able to establish his rule or throne by his virtuous leadership. He finds favor with his subjects, as all people respond positively to goodness. People honor a good king as his righteousness will affect the whole land.

Verse 13 tell us that from the king's perspective, he too, appreciates righteous people around him. A good king or leader delights in the kind and righteous words that he hears from his subjects, and he loves those who speak correctly. Leaders favor those who speak good words of wisdom. These are the kind of people who will be chosen to help them rule. Those who rebel against the king's authority will bring the king's wrath against themselves. According to verse 14 it is not wise to stir the wrath of a king, as a man who does this could even be in danger of losing his life. If a man hears the king is angry with him, it would come as a message of death. It would be wise for this man to humble himself and try to pacify the king's anger.

According to verse 15 a wise man should seek to please the king, as in doing so, he will find that the king's countenance will reflect a smile upon him. He will then find favor with the king that will be like a cloud that brings the spring rain. Looking at these verses, we can also apply a spiritual application to them. Since Jesus is our king, we should strive to please Him and not rebel against Him and in doing so, we will find favor with God. The way we pacify our King, is to approach Him with an humble attitude and a repentive heart if we have sinned. When we do this, He will forgive us and accept us and show us His favor.

Prayer for the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father, I honor you as my King and Lord, I submit my myself to you to do Your will. Thank you, for Your love for me. I am grateful that you are a loving and forgiving God. I want to thank You also for the abundant blessings that You have given me. One of those blessings is that I can lay my head down each night and enjoy sweet sleep, and at times, You even speak to me in my dreams. It is such a blessing to have Your love, peace and joy. No amount of money can buy these blessings. I just want to say a special thanks for these gifts. Bless my brothers and sisters with Your love and guidance and lead us all into more truth. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

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