Today’s devotion is based on Romans 13:4-8. “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. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
The passage above is a reminder that when we go over the speed limit, park where no parking is permitted, go through a red light or stop sign, not report all of your income you are not only breaking the law set by the government but are also are breaking God’s law.
God tells us in his word to obey the rules that our government sets down. The government is there for the good of the people in the land. They act as God’s servants to maintain good order, whether they choose to acknowledge this fact or not. Through them, God establishes peace, justice, and order for our sake.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, bless and guide the government of this land, so that all people may live in peace, security, and dignity. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.