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October 23 – Taking Away Evil Influences

“Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.”  Proverbs 25:4,5

Devotional Thought For The Day

What is true for silver, and for those in positions of power and authority, is also true for each of us. It matters a great deal, what we surround ourselves with and what we allow into our hearts and minds.  The degree to which we allow our sinful nature to predominate our thinking, our motivations, and our behavior, is the degree to which we are filled with “dross” and unfit for godly purposes.  When we allow “the world” [that is, people who do not know God and His love, who have no love for God or sense of decency] to surround us and to shape and determine our thinking and values, we also negate the good that God seeks to work in us and through us.  If this “dross” of sinfulness and wickedness is determinative in our lives, there will be little of value to be “established” when the purifying of Judgment Day comes along.

The proverb specifically addresses the importance of this for “kings,” for those in important positions.  Who the president hangs out with, takes advice from, is influenced by, is extremely important – not only for his own personal health of soul, but also for all those who are impacted by his agenda, his decisions, and his policies.  When we have opportunity to weigh in on who our “kings” will be, we should take all of this into consideration.  More important than the “likeability” of a candidate is the personal values and moral character of the person, and also who his friends are.  Of course, not all kings or candidates have as their primary goal that their “throne be established in righteousness” – and this too should be of immense concern and consideration in our voting.

Personally, our “dross” is cleansed away as we confess our sins, and turn back to God through repentance and faith. He has promised that if “we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9]  As we live in His gracious forgiveness and mercy, we are urged and enabled to turn away from the dross of wickedness – to no longer live for ourselves, but for Him Who died for us.  The Lord encourages us to look at our lives and being from the perspective of the eternal life He has provided for us – so that we seek the things above, the things of God, and devote ourselves to those treasures, those good works which will be “established in righteousness” forever.  The more influence and authority we have [and we all have some of this] the more important it is for us “take” the wickedness away from our presence.

Thank God for His mercy and grace, which make it possible for us to aim for godly, decent, and upright lives in this world. Thank God for His wisdom, which influences those with power and authority. Let us pray for the blessings indicated in this proverb – that our nation and culture might be purged of wickedness and devoted to what is truly good, righteous, and enduring!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, bless those who would lead our nation and communities in positions of power with the wisdom to discern the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.  Bless them with the will to purge out the dross of evil and to devote themselves to what is truly good.  Grant our citizens wisdom in understanding the importance of character in our elected leaders, that we may be blessed with the best possible “kings.”  Amen.