Facing the New Year

It’s been a scary year, hasn’t it? World leaders are doing peculiar and frightening things. We sit in their shadow daily, waiting for another shoe to fall. Gun violence reigns. I have stopped watching the news. There are enough people in my life who will share any bad news they hear.

Oprah announced that she starts her day by walking her dogs; that is enjoying a good thing; first thing.

Here is God’s take on our governments.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:1-6, NIV)

Prayer- God, as long as we know you’ve got everything in your hand, we can and will cope with joy. Amen.

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