Romans 13 - Day 331 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Romans 13:1-5
Observation: Paul revealed God’s will for us, His children, in chapter 12 (to be sanctified/Holy) so now he explains what that looks like practically. Surprisingly, Paul instructs us to submit to our governing authorities because God is the one who has established them. This is coming from a Jewish man living under Roman oppression.
Application: There is so much packaged here in this one passage that I don’t understand or agree with. It’s as if God knew that I would object to Paul’s instructions here, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person to have ever felt this way. Hence, God gives us a model/example of what it looks like to be subject to the governing authorities through Paul’s life, as well as in the lives of the other apostles. Remember that all the apostles lived under Roman oppression and were eventually martyred.
The lesson - we don’t have to like or agree with our governing authorities to submit to their instructions. We just need to trust that God is in control. That doesn’t mean that we can’t pray for God to do something and change the existing leadership, especially if they’re immoral or unjust. In fact, we should do everything in our power to do what we can and believe that God will do His part.
Prayer: Lord, have Your way in me, especially when I don’t understand or agree with what’s going on.