As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
At times we may think the world is out of control. In reality, from a Christian perspective, God is ruling the nations, even the very hearts of the kings and rulers.
In Proverbs 25:2-3 we observe the contrast between God and the kings; specifically, that God doesn’t need to search out or investigate matters, for he knows all things past, present and future. This is the “glory” or “weightiness” of God. It is so grand that we can’t comprehend it because of our finite minds.
On the other hand, a king needs to investigate matters because he rules over all matters. In ancient times, a king ruled with all executive, legistive, and judicial powers. Therefore, he was called upon to examine matters of dispute. Remember the instance of Solomon, the great ruler of Israel, when he called for a sword to divide a living child so that he could discover the true mother. To Solomon, this is what makes a king honorable. Implicit with this contrast, however is where the king gets this wisom. Indeed, he receives that from the source of “all wisdom and knowledge.” No man gives this to God, for he is sufficient in and of himself. The rulers themselves do not have this knowledge apart from their Creator.
Let us, then, honor, respect, and pray for our rulers, knowing that from their decisions the world will be kept in harmony with the sovereign God’s purposes and plans. "For he (the ruler and king) is God’s servant to do you good" (Romans 13:4).
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