“When The Cat’s Away …”?

“A king who sits on the throne of justice disperses evil with his eyes”  (Proverbs 20:8)

This scripture pictures a strong leader on the throne of the land, before whom the wicked scatter. But what often happens when a leader dies, or leaves, or if there is a power vacuum for some reason, is  that evil begins to raise its head.  We see this in nations, in corporations, in families — and even in churches.  Too often the old saying is true: “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”

How does this apply in your life?  

— Do you only obey when/if there is a strong and present threat of punishment?

— On the job, do you only work hard when you are closely supervised?  Do you take seriously Ephesians 6:6-7’s admonition not to work “as eye-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men”?

— What do you watch on tv or look at on the computer when “no one is watching”?
The bottom line is, there is ALWAYS “a King who sits on the throne of justice” — our God who rules from heaven — and we need to constantly remember our ultimate accountability to Him.  

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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