“Righteousness exalts a nation,” Solomon said, “but sin is a disgrace to any people (Prov. 14:34).”
It’s pretty simple, really. The One who laid the earth’s foundations has placed a high premium on wisdom. And the fear of the Lord (reverential awe) is wisdom’s beginning.
For the people who seek after this wisdom, who trust in him with all their hearts, not leaning on their own understanding, such are they who receive the smile and favor, the blessing and help of Almighty God. Such is the nation who prospers, whose God is the Lord.
No, human governments can never mandate righteousness, but leaders, citizens, individuals can choose it. We can, each one, repent, turning around from wicked and unwise ways. We can choose the fear of God, and we can choose wisdom.
Oh, let the heavens above this land rain down righteousness (Isa. 45:8). Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, and let it begin with me. Amen.
Rhonda Schrock, mother of 4 sons, is the author and creator of Grounds for Insanity, a weekly column so named for her love of coffee and “all those boys.” You can find this one, small, caffeinated American mom on her website at www.rhondaschrock.com.