Devotions for October 25, 2016

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Romans 13:1-7

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: According to verse 1, who is the ultimate authority of the universe and who has instituted all human governing authorities?

Q: Have you ever considered that government is in place for your protection and good (that it, to curb evil)? In our sin-broken world, this will not be performed perfectly by human beings. In whom can you place your trust and hope because He has fulfilled God’s law perfectly on your behalf?

Q: Many in our country look for “political Messiahs” to set the world right. How could you gently and graciously point out the futility in this paradigm and point them to the reign of King Jesus instead?

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