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Proverbs 25:2-3 (KJV)

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.”

Each country, state, province, county or other sectional government has its leader or authority. These people have been placed in democratic, monarchical, party, or dictatorial manner. All these authorities rule the destinies of the entity to which they lead, and each of these leaders has different goals, perspectives, and ways to do so. Not all of them are equal, not all of them are fair, not all of them are right; but they all act in a way that is difficult to understand, and more so for those who are under their authority.

Bible commentator J. Vernon McGee tells us that “sometimes we do not understand what our leaders are doing. They probably have justification for it, because they know things we do not know”, and this is true. Proverbs 25:3 tells us that "the heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable"; saying that it is difficult to grasp the fullness of the "why" and "how" of the actions of our leaders. We do not know the true intentions behind every act they execute. This can create confusion in the people, who often do not know everything that happens “behind the scenes”.

In the case of the Lord's work, also "it is the glory of God to conceal a thing ..." (Proverbs 25:2). Many of us cannot understand everything God does nor why He does it. There are many questions to which man finds no absolute answer, but we can trust Him on what He does (Job 38:1-5; Isaiah 25:1; Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11). McGee continues in his commentary saying that “neither can we understand God’s ways, but we are never to sit in judgment upon what God does because whatever God does is right – it is the proper thing to do”.

New rulers in each country rise, and whenever there are elections we wonder whether the new president will bring peace and prosperity. The truth is that Proverbs reminds us that it is difficult to know whether this will happen, because "the heart of kings is unsearchable". Although we do not understand why God allows a person to govern, we can trust that God knows why He has placed that individual where He did. We shouldn’t rely on our leaders, but instead rely on God who put them there (2 Chronicles 36:23; Romans 13:1).

What we can and must do is:

  1. Submit and honor our authorities, because God has arranged them with purpose (1 Peter 2:13-17; Romans 13:1).

  2. Pray for them so they may seek God and rule under His guidance (2 Chronicles 36:23; Proverbs 25:2b).

  3. Pray for our country that we may live in peace and prosperity (Psalms 122:6; Jeremiah 29:7).

  4. Pray that we may continue to live in a country where we can worship God freely.

  5. Pray that our Heavenly King rules in our lives, in our families, and in every person in our country (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

  6. Pray that God’s will is always done (Matthew 6:10).

Though we don’t understand everything God does, with full certainty we can trust Him!

<<Lord, we pray that You may become the King of our lives, our people, our leaders, and everyone in our country>>

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”