Yep, can we say “snap!” That my friends was my message today. After a message on Romans 13:1-7 it was clear to me my attitude has been less then godly when it comes to the direction of this great nation. I have always been taught, “pray for our leaders.” Boy oh boy do I pray. It’s usually goes something like this….”Oh Lord, he has NO idea what this could mean, and if he does SHOW THEM and show them NOW. If he will not listen, Lord, remove him, raise up another……” and on and on I would go. On bible study nights when praying with others, I kind of would just skip over the whole asking for blessing part….
The fact is this: I was being an ‘obstinate audacious brat’ to my Lord. I was telling Him what to do! I know the Word, I know we are in end times, yet here I was telling the Lord to find another way. YIKES.
He is oh so sovereign! We must NOT forget! He will do what he needs to do in getting ready for His return. His Word is clear that we will suffer. We ought be praying that no matter His will unfold, and that we have the strength and faith to stand firm. Pray that the Holy Spirit give us the right words to be sharing (time is short!), and that His love and grace is reflected from not only our actions as well as our speech.
Yes things are getting bad, and they will be worse for our children. We do not have time to be fighting the rulers of this world, God’s Word, and especially His Will. Time is better spent graciously and honestly praying for our government and world leaders, and teaching our children.
A Christian’s Duties to the State
13 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. 4 For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. 5 Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. 6 And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks.[a] 7 Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor. HCSB