Proverbs 29:26 “Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.”
It is the way of the world to make interest with great men, and expect much from the smiles of second causes, which yet are uncertain, and frequently disappoint them. Many take a great deal of pains in seeking the ruler’s favour and yet cannot have it; many have it for a little while, but they cannot keep themselves in it, by some little turn or other they are brought under his displeasure; many have it, and keep it, and yet it does not answer their expectation, they cannot make that hand of it that they promised themselves they should. Haman had the ruler’s favour, and yet it availed him nothing. -Matthew Henry
II Kings 6:27a "And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?…"
Psalm 121:2 “My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
There are no shortcuts to obtaining God's favor, and a ruler's favor is an insufficient substitute.
It is God we should aim to please, and in so doing, there may be no public ado.
Galatians 1:10 “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.“