A Divine Decision

Proverbs 16:10 is a good word for anyone holding a position of authority or influence:  “A divine decision is in the lips of the king; his mouth should not err (be unfaithful) in judgment.”

At first one might wonder why the Proverb calls it a “divine decision”?  The king, in this case, finds himself in a position of authority which God has given him.  His decisions affect many others besides himself.  The admonition not to err in judgment means that he should realize how weighty his decisions are, and not take them lightly. 

This is true for each of us who have a position of authority, be it as a legislator, a pastor, a teacher, a supervisor or business owner– or even as a parent.   Those under your influence are taught in Romans 13 and elsewhere to see your authority as an instrument of God.  They are taught to view what you decide as God’s will for them; it is like a word or providence from God Himself.  Many of them are praying for the decisions that you make, and waiting with anticipation for the answer you will give.  Thus you must not take those decisions and answers lightly, or make them with anything less than faithfulness to the standards of the God who gave you the responsibility for that position.  

This verse is a good reminder for each us in a position of authority to take our responsibilities seriously – and to seek God’s direction for our decisions, especially those which affect others.  You are ultimately accountable, not only to those serving under you, but to God for what you decide!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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