1/1/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Deuteronomy 17,18,19)
God established a standard for Israelites’ future kings; they must not operate like their neighboring rulers, but they must lead by examples and strictly follow God’s rules. God said, “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites” (Deuteronomy 17:14-18).
People in authority are expected to lead by examples. They are still expected to rule well – whether they are elected or appointed for their positions. Leaders of any capacity are answerable to God, and they will account for their use of power and portfolios on the last Day of Judgment. God will not lightly esteem abusive leaders, but he will award them measurable punishments.
Dear God, please make me a God-fearing leader. Also, let people who lead in one capacity or the other fear you, so that they can be blessed and not be punished your Day of Judgment. No one can actually rule well without your grace, therefore, I ask you to please grant grace to all leaders so that they can rule well. For in the name of Jesus Christ I made my requests. Amen.