“And the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32
One of the things Christians need to be able to do is analyze the times in which they live and make decisions based on the Word of God and how it applies to contemporary issues. In doing so, it sets up the back drop for voting.
In the days preceding the coronation of David as King, the people were in a quandary as to what to do about the regal vacancy. Saul, who was not a very good king, had died and there was unanimity about who should be the next monarch of Israel. In the midst of their “presidential election”, the Bible says that there were two hundred men of the tribe of Issachar who “understood the times” and “had knowledge of what Israel should do”.
The Hebrew word for “understand” means “to have insight or to act with prudence.” According to Strong’s Concordance, it comes from a root verb that means to separate something mentally, and distinguish its parts. The word reflects the presence of intelligence and wisdom, even cunning and skill. In other words, the sons of Issachar had the ability to examine the times in which they lived and correctly perceived what needed to happen and who should become the next King.
Like the sons of Issachar, it is vitally important to examine the times in which we live in order to make an informed voting decision. For example, we live in a time of moral decay. Sin abounds. We need leadership that will have the courage to make decisions on what is morally correct and not just cave into the pressures of current societal norms.
As November approaches, may we have the wisdom of the sons of Issachar and have a better grasp of current times and issues, so we can help our country make a wise decision about leadership.
Something to think about…