If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
Somewhere back in my life, in overhearing people talk about the wonderful processing capabilities of computers, the concept of “garbage in/ garbage out” (GIGO) was mentioned. Computers can provide a marvelous service in quickly rendering complex reports, but the output is only as good as what you put in.
Let’s take that discussion now to the human machine. Rulers (and other people) can do wonderful things for their subjects and the world around, but only if they are given true and good information. “If a ruler listens to falsehood, all of the subordinate officials will be wicked.” (Now before we start pointing fingers at, let’s say, Washington, DC, let’s keep the conversations and accusations a little closer, like the end of our own noses.)
If we consume a steady diet of things that are false, we can’t hope to avoid wicked thought and wicked behavior. But, if we seek the truth and then focus on that, good things might well be possible.
Where’s the truth most commonly found? In God’s Word.
God, help me today to tune out some of the negative and false sources that are so eager to fill my mind, and to turn to Your Word as my source of wisdom and information. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.