Feb 20, 2017 by Will Maule

5 Imperfect Rulers In The Bible Who God Used To Do Good

With the mainstream media criticism of President Donald Trump reaching fever-pitch, perhaps it is time to take a step back and see him for who he really is: a flawed human being, just like you and I. We all have faults, it's just some people are better at disguising them than others. Not only this, but God has used flawed individuals to do an incredible amount of good on this earth. Really, the worst of the worst have often been entrusted, changed and raised up by the Lord to do incredible things. Mark Woods at Christian Today gives us 5 top Biblical examples. 

1. Saul
"Israel's first king was a mighty warrior who inspired Israel to regain its independence and its pride after years of oppression by the Philistines. But he lacked faith and was ultimately rejected by God from the kingship. He also appears to have suffered from a mental illness. But as well as his own achievements, he also prepared the way for David, Israel's greatest king. What he was unable to do in his own reign was accomplished by his successor."

2. Solomon
"Held up as an example of wisdom, Solomon wasn't always wise. While Israel prospered enormously under his reign, he was an oppressive ruler whose policies laid the groundwork for the schism that split the country apart under his son Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 10). He was also sexually sinful, with 700 wives and 300 concubines. Worse, many of these were followers of other gods and Solomon was enticed to worship them. (1 Kings 11). He was a great ruler but in many ways a weak and flawed one too."

3. Ahab
"Ahab is known for his conflict with the prophet Elijah and for his marriage to Jezebel, who has become the archetype of a wicked, treacherous woman because of her part in the death of Naboth (1 Kings 21). He was a bad man, but in many ways an effective ruler: he won a great victory over the Syrian ruler, Ben-Hadad (1 Kings 20), though he was judged for letting him off too lightly. He died bravely in battle (1 Kings 22)."

4. Hezekiah
"Hezekiah was one of Judah's best kings – devout, humble and prayerful. He also benefited from having the prophet Isaiah as a court counsellor. However, he also made a terrible error for which his people were to pay dearly. Driven by pride, he showed envoys from Babylon, the superpower of the time, all the wealth of the kingdom – the silver and gold, and even the armoury (Isaiah 39). Isaiah told him he had been very foolish and that his descendants would pay the price when the Babylonians invaded them and took them into exile – exactly what happened."

5. Nebuchadnezzar
"The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was served by many of the Jews whose exile Isaiah had foretold, including Daniel. A vain and foolish man (Daniel 3) Nebuchadnezzar's erratic behaviour culminated in a kind of breakdown: 'He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew lke the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird ( Daniel 4:33). However, in the end he is restored and praises God: 'Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble' (4:37)."

Is Donald Trump flawed? Of course. But God, in His infinite power and wisdom, is able to bring about huge amounts of good through us imperfect people. As Christians, we should be praying for the Lord to guide our President! Amen!

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