We witness the revelation of evil leadership in our world and nation with heaviness.  Are we oppressed by the age of knowledge that points to the sins that our people have done in the history of our nations?  Do our modern leaders take us back into the darkest of sinful ages?  God too witnesses all that is done, and he told us to expect these times.  He has also given us guides to take us through the trials in prosperity.  We are not cursed to believe in God, he is faithful even when the Army of Egypt appears to have us cornered against the sea.

Proverbs 28:15-28

15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The people experience pain directly from a leader who serves himself and evil instead of the people who serve him.  He should remember that people eventually eliminate the man eating predator.

16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

A foolish leader has no knowledge to do good, and causes the suffering of his people.  If a ruler hates greed and protects his people he will enjoy a long prosperous life.

17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

If a man is violent he will run away from his crimes but fall into the pit of hell in his haste.  Do not protect him from his fate.

18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

God has spoken this warning that an honest man will live while the evil will fall.  I would suggest that it is dangerous to not believe in God.

19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Whoever works his land or does his job will prosper, but one who imitates the lazy or foolish people will experience poverty.

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Honesty will be rewarded, but being obsessed with wealth will lead to hard times.

21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

To honor the wealthy or famous person is a failure because that person is one who will cheat you for a scrap of profit.

22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Should God have to repeat himself?  If he does, remember the lesson.  Being obsessed with getting rich is actually a path to poverty.

23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

If you correct a person’s mistake, he will appreciate you more in the long-term that if you had offered lying flattery.

24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Someone who would steal from their parents may entertain a deception that it is not actually stealing, that it is acceptable.  That is a crime, and more so when one offends their greatest supporters.  This is one who will go with evil companions to their own destruction.

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.

Oh pride can exist in world leaders, and they do stir up strife, don’t they?  But these are all unprofitable, and even find strife in their own inner circles.  To trust the Lord leads us away from their disasters and on to prosperity.

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

The heart is full of evil, the source of emotional foolishness.  Wisdom is here, in the word of God, and he enables us to hear if we will obey.  Walking in obedient wisdom will guide you to safety.

27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Giving to the poor is the key to receiving from God.  In the opposite direction is hoarding wealth that you cannot keep from the poor, a recipe for disaster.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.

When we witness the evil gaining wealth and power honest people want an escape.  This is the curse of the world that has turned away from God.  He has delivered his people from evil before, and will again as we turn back to him.  In Christ we witness the destruction of evil and the prosperity of righteousness.

We do see the evil in the world, in our nation, and in our leaders today.  Remember how both Joseph and Daniel saw the evil in their world, and rose to leadership and power.  Remember how Jesus was delivered to the crucifixion under the heel of the most oppressive Roman empire.  Remember that he rose from the dead, and will be back to complete the deliverance of his people.  Will we be his witnesses?