Take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. —Proverbs 25:5

Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. —Proverbs 25:19

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. —Proverbs 26:24-28

            Wicked people in the presence of top leadership will keep righteousness from being established in that leadership.  There are wicked people that plan and carry out wicked things.  They bring pain and uncertainty to those they are governing in troubling times.  They do not bring hope.

            Wicked people disguise themselves through their communication toward those they hate.  They harbor deceit in their hearts even when they speak graciously.  We are warned not to believe such a person because “there are seven abominations in his heart.”  These people’s hatred is “covered with deception.” 

            But take heart… eventually these people’s wickedness will eventually be exposed.  The unrepentant wicked cannot hide their wickedness forever because— “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

            I recently had a cracked tooth.  It was cracked below the gum line.  Oh, it was painful and as I went about life the next few days it did not stop me, but the pain it was ever present.  What a relief when that tooth was removed.  So it is with every wicked, lying, deceptive person that has a governing office.  People may live life, but the presence of that person governing is ever painful until they no longer govern.

            Brother and sister, fellow followers of Jesus, we are urged to “first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:1-4).  May we do so and trust our Lord God Almighty!

Dear Father I am so grateful to know that You are Sovereign over all things and all people and that I am safe in Your hands.  Nothing can happen to me unless You allow it to further Your purposes.  May I be faithful in the part You desire me to be responsible for by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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