Today’s devotion is based on Romans 13:1-5, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those, who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”
Many Christians struggle with this passage. They believe that it does not apply to us today. Since God’s Word is timeless, it does apply, especially when we are not satisfied with whatever government is over us. Some governments are good, doing what God intended them to do while other governments are bad going against God’s original will for the government. But both governments still exist under God’s authority, for throughout history, God has used governments to bless people and to punish people.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, you have given us government so that we can live peaceful and prosperous lives. You have told us in your holy Word to pray for those in leadership so that they may govern wisely. Help us to remember that even when we might disagree with those governing us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.