Following Authority

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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

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This is a great question especially in the current season. I'll admit I struggle with this, not so much in action as in attitude. The current political atmosphere has me somewhat discouraged at times when I see such lawlessness in the government, values that have sustained this nation being abandoned and the noticeable rise in violence throughout the nation and even worldwide. At times my first thought is to retaliate in some fashion but the Holy Spirit within reminds me of the righteous response and that I can only do what He allows. I often pray for our leaders and leaders to be and that Gods Will will be done, after all He does ordain kings and nations. God Bless all, please vote, It's the system God gave us.

One way to honor those in leadership positions is to ask God both to guide them and to bless them.

Have you considered writing a letter of thanks to an incumbent for his service? I plan to write our president before he leaves office to thank him for his service to our country.

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