Today is Tuesday, January 20th, 2009; Karen's Korner #1492

Today is the historic day when Barack Obama becomes the new president of the United States. While the majority of those who voted chose him, about 47% did not. Below are some thoughts written by Chris Lousias, as she thinks about inauguration day:
Romans 13:1:
 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities,
for there is no authority except that which God has established.
The authorities that exist have been established by God."


We must submit to God’s design of the line of authority not superiority. What matters is the chain of responsibility not the value of an individual. God is the first line of authority because He is the source of all life.  The real order of business here is to control ourselves to a measure of submission to the rest of the line of authority which is given by God. 


I am going to guess there are a few people who are not happy with the choice of President for this new term of office. The fact of the matter is, the people who are in, are in and we must respect that. We must do what the Bible tells us: Submit ourselves for the Lord's sake (not our sake) to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by [the king] (1 Peter 2). 


It is God who sets up kings and deposes them (Daniel 2). That means we can trust God with what we face before us  It is God's will that if we respect the authority before us, we can silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. In other words, a calm spirit will open up lines of communication and ears will hear and hearts will turn toward the ways of God.  When they hurled their insults at [Jesus], He didn’t retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly and so must we (1 Peter 2).


It is our business to live a life God intended us to live under His supreme authority. We can serve Him by interceding in prayer for the things which we feel may be unfair. Daniel did it and King Nebudchadnezzar in time, praised and exalted and glorified the King of Heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble (Daniel 4).


Praise God that He is in control and tell Him you will work with His choice of authority within the guidelines of God’s Holy Word. Ask that God may give the newly elected and those fulfilling old terms, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that they may know Him better and that the eyes of their hearts may be enlightened. (Ephesians 1:17,18)