Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday, March 28
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
A Choice To Rejoice Or Mourn
Proverbs 29:2 NKJV “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
In the past, Nigerians were deprived of their rights to elect leaders of their choice due to rigging and imposition of candidates by the ruling political class. The so-called godfathers personally appointed whomsoever they willed; our votes never counted. But thank God that our votes now count. Power has shifted over the years from the so-called powerful men to the people; today, we are empowered to determine who we want to lead us. It is a very big deal and we are grateful to God for what He has done.
As we go out today to exercise our franchise, we must understand that as we cast our ballots we are choosing to either rejoice or mourn; to be happy or to weep. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Many of the contestants are well known, they have been in power before, we have lived together with them, we have seen their actions in the past and heard their words: we can tell whether they are wicked or not. People whose words and actions resulted in the death and suffering of fellow men are wicked and should never be allowed to rule! Pharaoh was wicked and the Israelites groaned; if we vote in wicked men, we will surely groan!
Proverbs 28:15 says, “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people.” Proverbs 28:28 says, “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.” And Job 34:30 says, “That the hypocrite should not reign, lest the people be ensnared.” The wicked will not lead us ever again in Jesus name! Hypocrites will never occupy positions of authority in Jesus name! Today, the will of God shall be done on earth as it is in heaven! So shall it be, in Jesus name!