“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.” ( 1 Chronicles 12:32)
Every age has its unique challenges, and the challenge is basically always the same— to understand the times and to know what to do in such times . Those who understand the times within the framework of biblical wisdom, will be our wisest leaders. Namibia is standing on the threshold of a new era and of another election in which a new president and a new national assembly are elected.
In 1 Chronicles 12:32 we find this interesting verse. Soon after Saul’s death the nation of Israel was in turmoil. A change in leadership always has the potential to disturb the peace of a nation. Saul’s tribe, the Benjamites, had their own ideas about who was to be the successor to the throne in Israel. The majority of Israel however were not of the same mind, and so they aligned themselves with a rising star in their midst, whom God actually had chosen prior to this- David, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah (1 Samuel 16). They were now assembling in Hebron to make David their new king.
Now, at that point in Israel’s history, there were two hundred leaders of the tribe of Issachar of whom we are told that they were “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
Two hundred wise men – what a dream - what a bonus! Blessed is that nation that has such men. It shall be well with that nation, and so it proved to be under the leadership of David.
|The outgoing president : Mr H. Pohamba|
The ability to correctly analyze contemporary situations and to know what to do is what good leadership is all about. Every generation needs such leaders who can understand the times and who know what to do in the light of such times.
The God who has created this world and all there is in it (Psalm 24:1) has given us a Word about wise governance as well as many warnings concerning abuse. Now, Namibia is not a Theocracy like Israel, and Namibia may well consider itself to be a secular state but this fact does not impress God. God remains the rightful owner of this earth, and He will hold the nations of the world, including Namibia, accountable. (Psalm 2)
It is right therefore that we should seek the LORD in seasons of prayers in these days. We must pray for future leaders to be endowed with an understanding of, and a commitment to biblical wisdom as applied to the issues of our day. Wise men need to know that “true truth” needs to be fought for in every new generation. The current war against a distinctly biblical world view needs to be discerned. Evil is never distant. We need people of the statue of the sons of Issachar , “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do .”