Craving the Ruler’s Favor

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“To the victor belong the spoils.” This was a remark made by New York Senator William Marcy after the election of Andrew Jackson as U.S. President in 1828. Marcy’s comments became associated with the “spoils” system, marking a major change in the American political system.

This concept means that the political party winning an election can give government jobs to its voters as a reward and incentive. After Jackson’s election, an unprecedented number of political appointments were made. In fact, nearly 10 percent of all government positions were awarded to political appointees.

The spoils systems still is employed to some degree, as people recognize the implications of political power. They see how favor opens doors. It influences hearts and minds, and even changes the course of careers. Demonstrating the importance of favor, the Bible tells us that “favor is better than silver and gold” (Proverbs 22:1).

But the Bible warns that some people lose perspective, seeking “the ruler’s favor” instead of favor from the Lord. In an effort to gain political favor, they become flatterers, willing to say just about anything. They become willing to compromise their convictions and abandon the truth, ready to do anything to get ahead.

The Bible tells us that there is a much more effective way to find success and favor: to seek God. He is the most important Judge and Ruler. Kings, Presidents, and other authority figures, in reality, have only limited authority, and then for only a relatively short period of time.

Ultimately, it is God who makes decisions that last, and ones that really matter. If we are wise, we will recognize this truth. We will see authority figures in perspective and recognize that they have power only because of God’s permission.

Today, seek to please God with your life, your attitudes, your words, and your actions. Remember that His judgments are for eternity. He is completely fair, impartial, and just. You can depend on Him.