Paul hinted at this when he wrote in,
1Timothy 2:1 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
While many of us rail, moan and groan over the “govment” we must pause and ponder several realities, namely the biblical command above. Consider Adam Clarke’s statement
“That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life - We thus pray for the government that the public peace may be preserved. Good rulers have power to do much good; we pray that their authority may be ever preserved and well directed. Bad rulers have power to do much evil; we pray that they may be prevented from thus using their power. So that, whether the rulers be good or bad, prayer for them is the positive duty of all Christians; and the answer to their prayers, in either case, will be the means of their being enabled to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
So, with the lot we are faced with, I see prayer as our only hope in reaching God with the petition that He reach down to us in sympathy!
I admit to finding in the following wisdom from Solomon a balm for our time,
“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1.
In the days of the early church some of the governors, kings, magistrates and Caesars were better than others, but all were essentially corrupt and did NOT rule as stewards of God. Yet the Christians, over time, acting in faith, prevailed. We, in these times of open hatred toward the Lord’s people who live under the banner of the cross, have the example of those hated men and women over long centuries to look up to while we trust the Lord for courage, now and in the coming days.
We cry loud and do not spare the tender hearts of those who suppose killing sixty million children is as nothing in God’s eyes, knowing all the while the Lord is keeping the accounts of the little ones.
Keep in mind this wisdom from Aesop, the Turkish slave who died in Greece at age 55,
“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”
2016 finds things pretty much as they were in Delphi, Greece 2581 years ago.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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