Proverbs 26:1

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

One does not have to read much history to know that the life of a nation is often very complicated by the rule of a poor leader. Think of a Nero in Rome, a Henry in France, or a Stalin in the Soviet Union. Though God allowed these to rule and ultimately he will bring glory to himself out even out of the evil, a holy God is not responsible for these actions. This type of rulers eventually brings ruin to their country and the lives of the nations. It is very unbecoming and very absurd.

Consider how this proverb seeks to teach us this principle. The author says it is as incongruous as snow in summer. It may, but very, very seldom, snow in summer. We would be shocked to see that occur. It is almost as if the universe is in disorder because it is not a natural occurrence. We consider good rulers worthy of rule; poor rulers are not a right fit. For bad rulers to rule, it is also as injurious as rain occurring in harvest. At such times, rain brings destruction to the labor of the worker and spoils the fruit of the ground when it is ready to harvest.  

Let us note particularly those who rule with discernment and wisdom. Can you think of two men or women in national, state or local government? Give praise to the Lord for these specific ones.

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