These are the words of probably Israel’s greatest king (Solomon) as he set out on his task of ruling over God’s ancient people. They have struck a chord with me because on Monday, 6th February it is exactly 65 years to the day since Her Majesty ascended the throne of this country, on the death of her father, King George. I wasn’t even born, as many of you weren’t either. The reason I am so conscious of this passage from Holy Scripture, apart from the anniversary mentioned, is the fact that the world, while maybe not in turmoil, is experiencing great upheaval as politicians assert agendas that are at best uncertain and at worst driven by megalomania. It is a cliché but no less true, “We live in uncertain times”. Am I frightened? No, but I am anxious and even hopeful, as events unfold, that we will come out of this period with greater stability although it is uncertain. The events leading up to the crash of 2008 have shown us that when the politicians and the money men get together the world is not guaranteed to be a better place- well for the majority of us that is. I suspect many of us would not necessarily demand guarantees but we do expect the people of influence to work for the good of all humanity.
Solomon didn’t always get it right: in fact, he, at times, got it very wrong but he tried to keep faith with God having asked for the wisdom to govern properly. When I was minister of Clarkston in Airdrie I was called upon to open each new session (monthly) of the High Court with prayers. Many of the judges commented that they were grateful prayers were said for them and the administration of justice in our land. I just wish the men and women who run the countries of the world and those who shape it would learn to pray as Solomon did and, in humility, exercise their role for the benefit of all. Please remember to pray for the Queen at this time.