Its election season on the United States. Come November we’ll find out if the Americans will re-elect or not Barak Obama. Here in the Philippines, we just went through an impeachment. Re-election season is also right around the corner in May 2013. Politicians are already gearing up and making noise. Its going to be another circus.

In 2 Chronicles 19, King Jehoshphat had an advice to the “politicians” of his time. check out vv 5-7,

“He [King Jehoshaphat] appointed judges throughout the nations in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, ‘Always think carefully before pronouncing judgement. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the LORD. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. Fear the LORD and judge with integrity, for the LORD our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.'”

 

God knows how corrupt this world is and that only courage will allow a judge to fulfil his God-given duties. The confidence that people in government should have is the knowledge that God is with him when they do what is right.

 

I think those words are good advice. King Jehoshaphat was a good king but made the occasional bad decision that cost him big time (2 Chronicles 19:5). People seeking government position need to know this advice. It is sound and smart.

Jehoshaphat knows that for a nation to prosper, justice needs to be firmly established that is why he appointed some religious people as judges on the assumption that they will follow the law to the letter because they “know” God and will know the repercussions of not following His word.

At the end of the chapter, Jehoshaphat admonished the judges he appointed with these words in verse 11, “…Take courage as you fulfil your duties, and may the LORD be with you those who do what is right.” God knows how corrupt this world is and that only courage will allow a judge to fulfil his God-given duties. The confidence that people in government should have is the knowledge that God is with him when they do what is right.