04-09-2014, 09:45 AM
God wants us to prosper. But there’s something else He desires. He wants you to go beyond seeking your own prosperity and start causing your nation to prosper. It’s God’s ultimate desire that the entire world prosper, and He expects you to be right there in the middle of helping to make it happen. In Proverbs 14:34 , the Bible says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Righteousness literally means “justice” and exalteth means to “lift up”. In other words, in order for our nation to be lifted up, it’s going to have to happen at the hands of the righteous. Who is the righteous? The Bible declares that through God you have been made righteous. You are the seed of Abraham, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. In Proverbs 29:2, the Bible says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” It’s clear from this bible verse that when righteous people are in charge, justice prevails. And when justice prevails, you get honesty, fairness, compassion, peace and prosperity. When unrighteous or wicked leaders are in charge the people mourn and the end result is always going to be death. Let’s look at the risk of being ruled by wicked leaders. 1 Kings 15:25-26 states “And Nabad the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned of Israel two year. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.” Not only did Nabad sin, but the entire nation followed his path and was led away into sin. Romans 6:23 states that “the wages of sin is death.” It may not in all cases be physical death but be assured that the results are going to be very bad. You will find this again in verses 33 and 34 and again in chapter 22. In each instance where a king “did evil in the sight of the Lord,” the nation he ruled over suffered. It’s people paid the price.