Our Dishonorable Honorables

by Feb 9, 2018Devotional2 comments

Proverbs 18:12 Before his downfall a person’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.

       Numbers 32:23 But if you don’t do this, you will certainly sin against the LORD; be sure your sin will catch up with you.
      There have been some nasty fallouts within all political stripes and parties this week in federal and provincial politics. Accusations of past indiscretions, sexual misconduct, and inappropriate behavior has come out of the closet in full force. Our honorable members of parliament have found themselves on display, ‘fessing up to dishonorable life choices they made within their elected positions.’ One of the members who has expressed shame and disappointment said, “No wonder the people hate politicians, because all they see are a bunch of crooks and creeps!” 
      I do believe there are a lot of members of Parliament who truly try and are doing their best to make things better for the people they represent. God wants good government because He asks us to uphold the law. Rom. 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 
      It is hard to be forthright and pure in the eyes of the public when these members live in a fishbowl, so to speak, where everyone on earth has an eye on them and a ready opinion of their lives and character. I know I would not want the job because I am not always so politically correct. So, therefore, I have to take up the call God expects of me and that is to pray for our leaders. 1 Tim. 2:2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
      We have to stop and think that if we as individuals need prayer on a daily basis to get through our week or even our work day, then how much more do these members need prayer to get through their day? I realize that the integrity bar per se has been set so low these days that people in leadership are stubbing their toe on the bar as they walk over it; therefore, anything seems to be acceptable.
      The prayer we are to ask God to accomplish in these parliamentarian’s lives is that the bar of ethics would be raised and followed. This can be done by faith because God can change their hearts and lead them. Prov. 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. Lord, God, help them raise the bar of ethics and due diligence to a place where they see a need to rise up to greatness and become the leaders they are intended to be. 

      When we pray for our leaders and God moves on their hearts, there is a fruitful reward. We shall prosper as the land and leaders prosper. Jer. 29:7 Also, seek 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. 
      When we pray for our church or political leaders and ask God to move upon their hearts to help them repent and work accordingly with the wishes of God, our land and nation will be healed. II Chro. 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.      

      It seems to me that praying for our honorable members and leaders of all kinds has nothing but upside because of all the blessings that come to us when they succeed in their calling and work. Perhaps if more of us used our mouths for praying for our leaders rather than slandering them to death, the dishonorable ones would be weeded out by God and the honorable ones would go forth. 
      Maybe that is what God is showing us these days. It is God who is in charge and we need to pray that the purging going on will keep cleaning house and we can have a blessed nation. Psalm 2:10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Pray the dishonor out and the honor back in. Blessings.
Find Other Devotions About:

2 Comments

  1. Amen!

    Kathleen

    Reply
  2. Thanks Norm for reminding us what God calls us to do…. Pray for our leaders and politicians. He knows how they need help!!!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sir Norm’s Commentary

Ironies to contemplate

Cultural Pitfalls

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.       Shawn Smucker writes, "As has been...

Why Does God Hate Me?

Malachi 1:2 “I have always loved you,” says the LORD. But you retort, “Really? How have you loved us?” And the LORD replies, “This is how I showed my love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob, 3 but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I...

Frustrated Hope

Job 6:8 For oh that He would grant my desire, and my petition might come, and the Lord would grant my hope!       I thought aloud and said, "Why do I hope so much, and nothing comes of it?" I truly needed to ask myself whether I was living in the Lord's hope or simply...

In Dependence

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things which have not yet been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will do all that pleases Me and fulfills My purpose.’       Whether we want to believe it...

Missing The Mark

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.       Sometimes, we miss the mark God has set as His standard for righteousness and walking free of bondage. At some point...

Falling From The Sky

Isaiah 14:12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!       When Satan fell from the sky, it was the result of God's judgment that would seal Satan's eternal existence of...

No One Hates A Rainbow

Genesis 9:12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations. 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the...

Even Dogs Get Crumbs

Matthew 15:26  And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”         The  Syrophoenician Woman who had felt the...

Shame Speaks Loudly

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.              Martin Luthier described the effects of sin...

A Trembling Earth

Proverbs 30:21 There are three things that make the earth tremble— no, four it cannot endure.            Some of the damaging factors that cause the earth to tremble are gravity, erosion, and oxidation. From the moment the earth was created and formed these God-made...

God’s Plans Work

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."         Many Christians question the plans...

My Stony Heart

Ezekiel 36:26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My...

AudioReads

Darkness Bleeds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvnlBYHLQb0 It is easy to flow with the crowd. Make up your own mind on what you see going on in people's lives.

Spiritually Empty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrzTcPZcWQ8   If you find yourself spiritually empty, then fill yourself up with God and all that He has for you.