Government; July 11, 2019


1 Kings 10:9 “Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.”

I am a bit distracted, because in Japanese “to make king” is a homophone for “to vomit.” I type the Scripture phonetically, and that was the way Microsoft insisted on rendering it! I may have “Pun Disease,” but in Japanese it’s unavoidable! With that aside, there really is an important truth here. The queen of Sheba was not Jewish, but she had heard enough about Yahweh, and Solomon, to want to check things out for herself. What she saw impressed her so much that she wanted all of it that she could get. There is a very strong tradition that included a child with Solomon, and that is where Ethiopian Jews come from. The world naturally loves that angle, but we need to focus on just what she saw that impressed her so much, and she says it here. Human societies have always had governments of one sort or another, and they are all over the place in both style and quality. Seeing how Solomon governed, the queen of Sheba realized that it was all because of the love of God. Paul also realized that governments are God’s idea, even though he lived in a time of persecution. (Romans 13:1) Anarchy and chaos are out of line with God! In America and a number of other countries we have representative democracy, which is pretty new in terms of human history. In that, we are given the opportunity and the responsibility to choose those who will govern us. We need to be very aware of human imperfection, and seek God’s will in every detail. The freedoms that are enjoyed in America are a direct reflection of the free will God gives every human being, and as such they have much the same result, with some people using them for good and others misusing them for evil. In terms of government, we need to seek those who will indeed “maintain justice and righteousness,” for the benefit of all.

I was never particularly political until about 10 years ago, but at this point I am pretty involved, at least emotionally. Since I live in Japan and don’t have excess funds for donations, my participation is in signing online petitions and praying. I do plenty of both of those! (And, yes, I do vote absentee.) I need to keep my focus on God and love, as well as His holiness, rather than on human beings, either admirable or otherwise. As I often tell others, people will always disappoint us in one way or another. God alone is totally righteous and faithful. I’ve got to keep my heart fixed on the One who will never disappoint, and rest, relax, and rejoice in Him.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for all that You are doing, both right here and around the world. The devil is really stirring things up, but You alone are God. May Your name indeed be recognized as holy and Your Lordship be manifested as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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