1 Chronicles 12:32 KJV — And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
These men of Issachar were living in days where people were divided.
King Saul had lost his mind and his leadership had splintered his people’s allegiance.
David fled from the king and God not only preserved him, He sent others to join with him.
1 Chronicles 12:1 NKJV — Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war,
Thus, these men were not living in a time when their country was secure nor at peace, conflict raged from within as well as without.
King Saul had an on going war with the Philistines which continued into David’s reign.
The king was insane and tried to murder those who were supporting him, including his son and heir.
1 Samuel 19:9-10, 1 Samuel 20:30-33
He even wiped out the entire family of priests, because they had helped David, being unaware of the contention between him and the king.
1 Samuel 22:17-18NKJV — Then the king said to the guards who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled and did not tell it to me.” But the servants of the king would not lift their hands to strike the priests of the LORD. And the king said to Doeg, “You turn and kill the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod.
The scriptures are clear, a godly leader is a blessing to all.
Proverbs 29:2 KJV — When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
These men of Issachar were living in perilous times and yet the Bible records something astounding.
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”
These men understood the times and acted accordingly.
They not only made themselves alliance with God’s man, David, they were recorded in God’s Word as men of understanding.
As a woman, I see this passage as an opportunity.
God has outlined specific duties to men and specific roles for women so we can join together in love and honor before God and work as a team.
As a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a woman my role is to stand before God in prayer for the men in my life.
Beginning with my husband and continuing on to my sons, and then on to our leaders.
These words about these men of Issachar inspire me to pray for men of understanding.
That God would raise up my husband and my sons to be men who understand the times and act accordingly.
To seek God for their protection and their personal walks with Him.
For great godly leaders we need great godly men and women who will stand for what is right, love no matter the price, and not be deceived by the lies of the wicked one.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these men who understood the time and acted. Lord Jesus, please help us, each of us to understand the times and to respond with Your wisdom and discernment. Lord, please speak clearly to our men and help them to know the actions they should take, please guide them as they lead our families. Lord, our lives are Yours and our families belong to You. With all my heart, I want each one of us to be a witness to Your goodness, Your love, Your truth, and Your salvation. Please raise up godly leaders, men who understand the times, and know what should be done. Thank You. Amen.