II Chronicles 32:25-26 “But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up; therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.”
While our leaders have a significant impact on our lives, they also face substantial challenges and temptations based on their position in life. These men and women are courted by parties who endlessly cater to their lusts and pride. While the Lord has blessed them greatly to bring them to such positions, through the favor of others they are tempted to trust instead in their own self-sufficiency.
George Whitefield addressed this situation as well, as he continued on in the sermon referenced in the previous post:
“If we set before us the many dangers and difficulties, to which governors by their station are exposed, and the continual temptations they be under to luxury and self-indulgence; we shall not only pity, but pray for them; that he who preserved Esther, David, and Josiah, ‘unspotted from the world,’ amidst the grandeur of a court, and gave success to their designs, would also preserve them holy and unblameable, and prosper all the works of their hands upon them.”
The temptations of luxury and the grandeur of the court beacon our leaders toward self-indulgence. PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN LEADERS WOULD RESIST AND REPENT OF PRIDE FLOWING FROM THEIR POSITIONS. If we are to prosper as a nation, we need leaders who would resist self-indulgence and instead rest upon the Savior. We need leaders who would humble themselves for the pride of their hearts to stave off the impending wrath that we will all face if they don’t.