Now that the inauguration of the new president and vice president just concluded, the new administrations starts rolling out their plans for the country. And we, as the citizens of the republic of the Philippines, are hopeful for the change that the new administration brings.
If we go back to the bible times, we will see that after the flood, God has given authority for man to rule. This was when the human government started. A human agency known as civil government was divinely appointed to restrain evil and protect man from his own sinful nature.
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Genesis 9:5-6 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
This verse gives authority for man to punish a man’s fault. Thus, we need leaders to fulfill the law and deal with whoever transgresses it. Our leaders are to bring peace and order to the country/community. The question is: Does God intervene with the affairs of the nations?
The Bible reveals that God indeed intervenes in the affairs of nations (2 Chron. 7:14). And when God intervenes, He uses ordinary people. We may not be assigned huge tasks, but we can play our part to help bring about peace and the righteousness that exalts a nation (Prov. 14:34). We can do that through prayer. The apostle Paul wrote, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1–2).
As the psalmist exhorted the ancient Israelites to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps. 122:6), so may we pray for the peace and healing of our nations. When we pray in humility, turn from wickedness, and seek God, He hears us. (Our daily bread)
This means that whether we voted for the elected officers today, we still have to have our full support for them. Not only by abiding with the rules but also pray for them as they lead the country. Pray for a better nation and pray for wisdom as our newly elected leaders begin their duties and responsibilities.
God bless the Philippines!