Do People In Position Have All Power And Authority?

If you want to be a great leader of people, you have to get away from people to be with God.

– John Piper

News about elections, corruption and misguided governments fills the news, especially in the United States and Canada. Politicians fighting each other trying to prove the other side is acting wrongly, well in fact no one is even near to doing the RIGHT thing.

Do you have the same issues with your country’s politics? How do you deal with it? Are you among most people that turn the other way when government talks are in the air? Let us look into who appoints the elected officials, regardless of their religious backgrounds.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Judges 2:16-17. Please, read our recent devotional from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians 1:10: How To Correctly Walk With Jesus Christ?

Evaluate People in Power

One should know how the government works in your specific country. You may be wondering why I encourage you to do so when politics is a headache. For the reason that knowing how the system works will give you an idea whether to trust or not the people in position. Judges 2:16 clearly states God raised up judges, which means God chooses people and gives them their roles as part of His sovereign plan.

Jesus confirmed this when He was on trial with Pilate, 10So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19). However, we do not expect the leaders to be professing Christians but only to gauge them if they are doing good based on God’s standards.

Citizen’s Role

As citizens of our different countries, we also have responsibilities. The top action we have to do is constantly pray that God will guide our leaders. Let us not be like the Israelites who continuously went after false gods as they see from their neighbouring tribes. They did not follow what their fathers did before them, which was to follow God’s commandments and statutes.

Additionally, our mindset should always be anchored on what God has commanded us to do. If the worldly law does not contradict our tasks as Christ-followers, then we obey that law. But if it refutes Jesus’ commandments then we do not obey. Obedience to Jesus should always come first in our lives. Keep in mind Romans 13:1 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.

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
  1. Are you keen on keeping yourself updated with politics?
  2. Do you follow each law without meticulous study?
  3. How often do you pray for your leaders?
  4. What other things do you think citizens can do for their country. We want to hear from you.
  5. Are you serving Jesus Christ as the ultimate leader in your life? Accept Jesus Now.

Prayer

Our Father, you are sovereign overall. Thank you for appointing every one of us to our different roles that serve your sovereign plan. O Lord, Jesus Christ, you are our leader and our model on how to be obedient to God, our Father. We thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us to live our lives in total obedience and submission to the Father. May we be able to do our part in the furtherance of your Kingdom on earth.

We pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

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