Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 8:1-9; Romans 13:1
Solomon's wise message for us in Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 is to follow those who God sets in authority over us. "I say: Keep the king's command, because of God's oath to him" (vs. 2). This message of submitting to and following the laws and rules of our respective governments is present throughout the New Testament as well: Jesus telling the Pharisees that we need to pay taxes and "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's" (Matthew 22:15-22); Paul's instruction that we must "be subject to governing authorities" (Romans 13:1-7); and Peter's instruction in 1 Peter 2:13-17 to 'Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution..." and to "honor the emperor."
What impact does knowing that our leaders and rulers have been placed in those positions by God (Romans 13:1) have on your attitude, thinking and actions? What are some ways you can (and hopefully already do) honor those who hold government positions-city, county, state, federal? Tami