Thrones are attractive. The concept of a throne involves power, wealth, and influence. Depending on “the throne”, it might also have religious and cultural ramifications as well.
Thrones, or their facsimiles, often draw those who are weak, yet seek strength. Thrones also draw those who crave power and control over others. There, too, are those that seek to use the throne for their own wealth.
King Saul was dead. The man all these elders surrounded Saul and likely helped keep David away from the throne that God had bestowed upon David. To their credit, they recognized that God had indeed bestowed the seat of Israel to David. However, based upon their remarks, they had understood prior to this moment that David was God’s choice, yet it was only now that they approached David.
We can see similar behavior in our state (or provincial) capitals and our national capitols. While the US (for example) has no throne, Congress and Executive branches have plenty of people surrounding them, brown-nosing and seeking favor. Washington, D.C., has become the throne.
This is not to say that all who are around the throne (whether David’s or Washington, D.C.) are bad. In fact, there are more positive, effective, well-meaning, and loyal people than bad ones. It’s just that the bad ones are more capable of doing harm, solely because those that are good don’t even think that way.
The “throne” of God also attracts many of the same bad kind. Many of these will see their gain through God, but not recognize that their gain is nothing but vapor.
On the other hand, those shown in the vision to John were not that kind. Some were likely martyrs. Some had hard lives that brought glory to God through blood sweat and tears. Others did work where they saw no glory at all, but were faithful and trusted God with their endeavors.
- What are good reasons to surround the throne of God?
- What are good reasons to surround the thrones of humanity?
Lord, may we view your throne with hearts of righteousness, and may we surrender the thrones of our hearts, souls, and minds to you. Amen.