When The People Groan

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Here in the United States we have an important election coming up. No, it is not a presidential election. It is what is called a “mid-term election.” Many congressional, state, and local elections will be determined. These choices may turn our country in a different direction. The people we choose will affect our lives at local and national levels. In the aftermath of the troubles of 2020, 2021, and now 2022, I am asking God what I should do to help my country and fellow man. I feel weak and insignificant. The noise from candidates and media is non-stop. It makes my head pound. Recently, I came across a Proverb:

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;

But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” [Proverbs 29:2]1

I know I’ve read this verse before, but I must have read right past it. It details plainly what to look for in a leader. Do you rejoice in this person’s actions or do they make you groan… hmmm. Seems to be an answer to my prayer. It tells me to look to a person’s actions. Do the people groan or rejoice at this leader’s decisions? Do we see the fruit of God’s Spirit?

22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” [Galations 5:22-23]

We see people around the world groaning under oppressions instituted by our leaders. Here in America a good portion of our leaders view the people, whether the people agree with the leader or not, in utter contempt. The more we try to please them the more they scorn us. If the reports I see are true, it is the same around the globe. The darkness causes my spirit to groan and weep. Reading this proverb, I am forced to acknowledge that in most places in our world the righteous are not in authority.

I have been blessed with a glimpse of two forms of American government. Living in Florida gives me a view of a governor and leaders doing their best to do the right by “the people.” And living in America, I see a good portion of our leaders turning their backs on “the people.”

Even in Florida, I find the leaders in stark contrast with each other; One lift’s up and another puts down, someone builds and someone else destroys. One choice says they love us, but the other choice shows their love for people. The questions are; Who makes the people groan? And who makes the people rejoice?

This verse has me looking for actions again. Asking myself: How does this candidate treat all the people not just the ones filling his or her pockets? It is something for us to consider in taking action by election. Please pray with me.

Lord, Thank you for our ability to think and choose. Please forgive us for being lazy and ignoring corruption and incompetence in our officials. We the people, groan under the weight of our rulers. Give us insight into the politicians we are called to evaluate, and the courage to vote for those who will lead us in Your ways not our ways2. Guide us in praying and thinking about our countries and communities’ leaders in this season of decisions. Help us see what you want us to see in those running for office. Show us the truth. Do not allow us to settle for less than You want in our leaders. So that the people will rejoice in Your Glory! In Yeshua’s name, amen. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen.

May we be watchful in our election habits and take prayerful action for our countries, communities and neighbors. They deserve the best we can give them.

May your week be blessed,



1All scripture is from the New King James Version: Prophecy Study Bible New King James Version, Editor John C. Hagee © 1997 by Thomas Nelson, a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.

2 Isaiah 55:8-9:

8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.

3 Please, remember I am not a theologian! This is from my own private discussions with the Lord, study, and experiences. You may see something I do not. That is okay. Let the Lord lead you. Ask Him questions and discuss this with Him. He is faithful to lead and guide us. Just like you, I am searching for wisdom and understanding. God Bless.

One thought on “When The People Groan

  1. Very insightful! I too have learned and read these verses many times but putting them together is a bonus for us to let God guide us as to where we cast our votes.


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