Friday, July 31, 2015

authority

Today's readings: 2 Chron 26:1-28:27, Rom 13:1-14, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 20:11

Paul talks about authorities today. And he gives us great advice. It's not advice that we like to hear, though, especially given the givens of our current culture.

There is much to be upset about in the world today. Everyone can find something that they disagree with, and they think the world would be better if the people in charge would just do XYZ.

It's natural to feel that way. And it can be very frustrating when you feel powerless to change things. Like "the man" is walking all over you. And it's true that many who are in power abuse that power and don't look out for the common good.

But what does Paul say? Rise up and revolt? Sneak around and get what's coming to you? No. He says to obey the authorities. And if you were to ask him, I'm pretty sure he'd say to pray for them, too.

This takes away a great deal of our frustration. We are NOT in fact powerless. The greatest power in the universe is listening to our prayers - and He responds when we pray.

So let's pray for our country, for our leaders, even the ones we disagree with. Pray for wisdom and pray that they will lead us into a bright future. God still works miracles.

Thank You, God, for hearing the cries of those of us who feel powerless.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

Spoken with such authority, the power of universe is listening and prayer is the only answer.