God Appoints Rulers
God Appoints Rulers
As we look at Scripture there are specific truths that we must understand, God in His sovereignty has established governments for the good of all people, believers as well as unbelievers. In the USA today we are under the impression that God has nothing to do with the election of our country’s officials. It is very important for us to exercise our God-given right to vote for our elected officials. It is the responsibility of each citizen to measure the candidates that are running for elected office against God’s standard (The Bible). We must ask some of the following questions; Are they individuals of integrity? Are they individuals of character? Are they individuals of moral character? Do they profess philosophies that contradict the standards of living that we find in God’s Holy Word? God has given the citizens of the USA a great responsibility as we go to the polls each election day. If we fail to fulfill our responsibility as citizens of this great country that God has provided for us then we have failed our God. As a result of failing our God we will suffer the consequences by electing officials that are immoral, lacking in integrity, and candidates with no character.
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. All people and especially Christians are to regard the government officials as God ordained – John 19:11, and dutifully subject themselves to civil authority – Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13ff; Matthew 22:17-21. Every person is to subject themselves to civil authority as far as that authority is compatible with obedience to God’s direct commands – Acts 4:19; 5:29.
This is difficult to accept when we see some of our brothers and sisters persecuted and killed because of their commitment. God in His infinite wisdom and sovereignty and for reasons known only to Him allows rulers to act contrary to His revealed will as in the example of Samson in Judges 14. We see the evil actions of these rulers against God’s children are never beyond His sovereign will. We also read in Ezekiel 14:21-23 how God’s judgment is inescapable. This gives us great insight into God’s sovereignty.
We view the daily events of our lives from a temporal perspective where God always works from an eternal perspective.
1 Timothy 2:1–2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Prayer is always our expression of trust in God. We must be diligent in prayer for our rulers. The ruler’s hearts are in the hands of God – Ezekiel 11:19. God determines the rulers of each nation. Daniel 4:17 The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men. When we consider some of the men that have ruled both good and evil we must remember that God has put them there. Romans 13:11 also bears this out.
Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt. We have seen this idea supported in Ezekiel 14:21-23 before. This same idea is a truth that is supported throughout Scripture.
God will allow both good and evil rulers to do only what ultimately results in His glory. How sin and evil results in God’s glory is a mystery to us. But just because we don’t understand it does not mean that it is not true. Because we have seen in Scripture numerous places with this concept is revealed to us. Just as God determined who rules. He also determines the time of their ruling.
One of the greatest encouragements in the Bible is: Isaiah 40:21–24 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; 23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
This passage tells us that if we are going to trust God completely and without question then we must have faith that He loves us and wants the best for each of us. He is God. He is unequaled. The brightest light is like darkness in His presence. All the world riches put together are still impoverishment compared to Him. All the wisdom of the ages is ignorance compared to His knowledge. As He told Moses in Exodus 3:14 “I am who I am”.
Is there anything about this that you do not understand?