King James Version
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
For me, on this “National Day of Prayer”, this verse is especially meaningful. Sometimes it seems there are few righteous men that remain in authority over us, in any number of capacities one would point to. At least in my life, I don't believe I have ever seen our country in a worse state of affairs. Our people are hungry for God, but it seems they don't even realize it.
Interestingly, the verse before this one says: “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy”. Clearly, one that won’t learn from mistakes will not succeed, and in fact be destroyed. Surely we should learn from our nation's history, other nation's history, Biblical accounts and those with experience.
As we look at our nation today, and we see her drawing further and further away from righteousness, as well as our Godly heritage, we do see suffering and mourning. We are dissatisfied and worried. We are seeking answers and solutions, but rarely in the right place.
May we all include prayers for a return to our Biblical foundation, as we gather across our great land today; but even more than that, may we do it individually every day.
2 Chronicles 7:14