but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
Did your grandma tell you that "too many cooks spoil the broth"? It's an old saying, but a true one. If cooking is done by a committee, or group of cooks, each one will have his or her own idea of what the dish needs . . . more salt, less salt, more sage, more thyme, more pepper, etc. There's no telling what the finished dish will taste like!
Many commentaries deal with this verse and bring in historical applications and political notes -- both current and past situations. A more simple application came to my mind.
When we are rebellious in our relationship with our Father, we are opening ourselves up to being ruled by many "rulers." There is first the ruler named Rebellious, who instigates the trouble. He tells us that we have a right to run our own lives, and we don't really need any interference from anyone, even God.
Another ruler that wiggles his way into our heart is Resentful. We begin to resent the Holy Spirit as He tries to nudge us back to the right path. And we resent other people in our lives who may try to gently counsel us to change our ways.
The next to stick his spoon into the mix is Disobedience. Once on the slippery path with Rebellion and Resentment, it's a short slide into disobedience to our Lord's loving instructions.
We end up being pulled this way and that, and are really a mess -- when all we needed to do was be single-minded and focus on what God would have us to do.
Let's look at James 1:8 . . .
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (NIV)And the New Living Translation puts it this way:
Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.I'm reminded of the words of Jesus in Luke 16:13 . . . "No servant can serve two masters . . ."
Let's be single-minded in our devotion to our Father. We don't need to be pulled in several different directions --- the only one that needs to be stirring the pot and perfecting the recipe is the Holy Spirit!