‘They acted with complete honesty.’ 2 Kings 12:15 NIV

In the Old Testament, when King Joash repaired the temple, we’re told: ‘The money brought into the temple… was paid to the workers… They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.’ (2 Kings 12:13–15 NIV) And because integrity was practised, the nation of Israel prospered.

Nowadays, most surveys show that trust in our leaders—whether they are public or private, political or business—is at the lowest point on record. We believe they have only two things in mind: to get rich and to stay in power. And sadly, even good leaders are viewed with suspicion because of the dodgy ones. So what should you do?

(1) Pray for those in authority. Prayer is the channel through which God’s influence flows into any situation. If you believe that, you will pray.

(2) Support godly leadership. The Bible says, ‘Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.’ (Proverbs 14:34 NLT) Take an interest in their decisions, and praise those actions which show God’s influence at work.

(3) Get personally involved. Edmund Burke is attributed with saying, ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ Don’t sit back, waiting for someone else to do something, when you see abuse happening or hear lies being told. One person, plus God, can change things. So endeavour to be that person!

SoulFood: Gen 24:1–51, 2 Cor 6:14–7:1

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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