An angry king is like a roaring lion. Making him angry may cost you your life. (Pro 20:2 NCV)
If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest. (Eccl 10:4 NIV)
As messengers of death is the king’s wrath, but a wise man will appease it. In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain. (Pro 16:14-15 NKJV)
A “king” or “ruler” as used in these verses, refers to someone with power and authority over other people. In modern times, that could represent a Prime Minister, Senator, President (whether of a nation or of a private company), employer, supervisor, manager or foreman. A person’s boss has a measure of power and authority over them. Anyone, even a parent, who has power or great influence over the events of our lives would fit into this description.
The life lesson here is to recognize the importance of these types of people in our lives. It’s wise to learn what makes such influencers happy, what displeases them, and what soothes them. Further lessons to be learned from these Scriptures are:
- Don’t underestimate the significance of such people in our lives;
- If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Rom 12:18 NIV) We should strive to keep our relationships with “kings and rulers” peaceful.
- Don’t leave an uncomfortable situation; remain calm; and work to placate (pacify, soothe) the influencer.
- Pray for God’s supernatural favor with everyone, especially these types of people.
- Endeavor to earn favor by working hard, showing respect and following instructions.
Lastly, remember to ask God to give you the grace that you need in order to maintain peace in these relationships. May God continue to bless you every single day.