I read the Bible regularly and am continually amazed at how relevant this ancient literature is for today.
It seems like Solomon might have had a sneak preview on the state of our country:
I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt! I said to myself, “in due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.”
Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. Even the king milks the land for his own profit! Ecclesiastes 5
That last phrase is particularly interesting because Solomon was the king! He was talking about himself having the propensity to milk the land for his own profit.
Solomon recognized and warned us that power and position lend themselves to greed and corruption!
I think the founding fathers of the USA knew a bit about this, which is why they deliberated so long and hard to figure out a way of protecting people from their leaders. Unfortunately, over the years it seems that corporate interests have managed to infiltrate our judicial and political systems to turn the balance of power in their favor. So the truth of these words is just as apparent in the democracy of the United States as it was in the monarchy of Solomon’s time.
What do we do? Is there any hope?
There are many other Scriptures that provide encouragement, wisdom and guidance. Here are some:
O Lord, I give my life to you.
I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
No one who trusts in You will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.
Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in You. Psalm 25
The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. Proverbs 20:27
In these challenging, uncertain times where evidence of injustice, greed, and misery can be seen in so many aspects of life, we can continue to have hope and offer hope. God’s Good News, promised long before, was delivered through Jesus. He desires the whole world to receive the news that He loves each one of us and invites us to a relationship with Him.
Ears to hear and eyes to see,
both are gifts from the Lord. Proverbs 20:12
If you currently don’t understand God’s plan, ask Him for ears to hear and eyes to see. He is faithful to respond to a willing heart.
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