January 2016 (14)Ecclesiastes 5:8-9

8 If you are overseeing a province and you catch someone oppressing its poor people, and doing unjust and unrighteous things, do not be surprised that it happened. Because the overseer is being watched by someone over him, and both are being watched by yet higher ones. 9 This set-up profits the land in every way. It means that a king is committed to cultivating all his fields.


Depravity is built into the DNA of human beings. The idea that we are all basically good is not only naïve, it is unbiblical. If you have a supervisory position, sooner or later you will catch someone doing something unethical. Solomon recognized this fact, and suggested that a multi-layer oversight system makes for a healthy society.

LORD, thank you for those who watch over us, protecting us from harming ourselves and others.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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