The Seat of Power

A Seat of Power has to do with the power dynamics between where you sit and the group. For the most part, we’ve all been exposed to group setting dynamics starting out with our family. As children, we’ve learned to pick up on social cues to make sure we conform to the norms around us. One of these cues is known as the power seat, it’s the seat that we unconsciously designate as the one that has the most authority. Leadership is to serve the people, not to take pleasure in power. When a seat is used for pleasure or prestige rather than as a means to serve, the whole society becomes infested with corruption, lacks growth, and undergoes moral degradation. Often a ruler is not a reformer and a reformer doesn’t rule. Remember most political leaders lack education in true service. Few rise above the boundaries of race, religion, and nationality. The remaining are stuck, with such political leaders who harm themselves and others.

A C.E.O.’s chair is a very powerful tool for managing the impressions of visitors it exemplifies personal style. Does it say hierarchy, or does it create the illusion of equality? Either way, the chair’s symbolism is key. For example, think back to when you were a child having a family dinner. Who would sit at the head of the table? For some of us, mom and dad would either sit at the opposite sides of the dinner table and for others; mom would sit right next to dad in the corner position. In the Bible Isaiah sees the Lord “high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple” Isaiah 6:1. At that time, the prophet was having an inspired vision. God’s throne the seat of power (and His robe) are not to be taken as literal, physical objects. Rather, God was communicating to Isaiah the magnificence, splendor, and exaltation of His Being.

A throne is a special seat of power reserved for a monarch. When the Bible speaks of God’s “throne,” the emphasis is on God’s transcendence, dignity, and sovereign rule. The fact that His throne is in heaven further underscores the transcendent nature of God’s existence. The throne of God need not be thought of as a literal throne. God, the Father is incorporeal John 4:24. Not having a physical body, God does not literally “sit.” References to a divine throne are akin to biblical allusions to God’s “hand” or “mouth” or “eyes”—they are anthropomorphisms, descriptions of God couched in human terms out of deference to our limited knowledge. God has to describe Himself in ways we can understand.

God’s throne is a place of sovereignty and holiness. “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” Psalm 47:8; cf. 103:19. He does whatever He pleases, and all He does is good. We have to get out of the politics of hate and mistrust. True politics is to care for all people and not to hate a section of the society based on caste, religion, ideology or language. When service for people is the main aim of politics and not power or pleasure, any country will develop much faster as everyone will compete to serve better instead of concentrating on personal gains. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case. Today when parties come together, they do so because of common enemies rather than common goals. Then the basis is hatred and fear

God’s throne is a place of grace. Not only does the throne of God represent judgment for the unbeliever, but it also represents mercy and grace for His children. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” Hebrews 4:16. Inside the Jewish temple was the Ark of the Covenant, which was a “copy of the true” Hebrews 9:24 and it had a “mercy seat” where God’s presence would appear Leviticus 16:2.

One day, all creation will bow to the majesty of God’s throne Philippians 2:9–11. The regal beings surrounding the throne of God will “lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power’” Revelation 4:10–11.

God’s Peace!

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