The Authority of God

November 3, 2016

Every government is put in place by God?

Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” ~ John 19:11

These are the words of Christ speaking to Pilate.

Romans 13:1 tells us “There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

These words have been a startling reminder to me recently when we studied what scripture says about Government in a recent Bible class.

Those friends who follow me on Facebook, know that I am very opinionated when it comes to politics. I feel very strongly about what I perceive is the destruction of our country from within by politicians who seem, to me, bent on changing our society into something totally immoral.

So, it’s difficult for me intellectually to understand why God would allow this to happen. And, at the same time, it’s easy for me to focus only on these perceptions and to lose sight of the fact that God is in control.

Scripture has a lot to say about government. In fact, if it wasn’t for government, we would not have the saving grace of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. “Truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you (God) anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the gentiles and people of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” ~ Acts 4:27-28

As good, or as evil, government can be, we need to remember that God is at work in all things. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

In these days approaching the election, I constantly need to remind myself that ultimately God is in control and whoever is elected on Tuesday is there because God willed it. I need to trust God in all things, especially in things I feel so strongly about.

God urges us to pray for those who govern us. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-2

God instituted government so that we would not live in chaos. In Old Testament times, God instituted laws for people to follow that gave order to how they lived. Later, God ordained a government that would bring peace and order.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” ~ Romans 13:1-4.

One last thing, for those of us who feel strongly about the coming election, we can be assured that as God is in control, there is a government coming with peace and joy and salvation for those who believe.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” ~ Isaiah 9:6-7

Amen and Amen.