Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 8, 2017

“He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 8:1-9.

“Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter?  A man’s wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.

2 I say, “Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.  3 Do not be in a hurry to leave him.  Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases.”  4 Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, “What are you doing?”

He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.  6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man’s trouble is heavy upon him.  7 If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?  8 No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death;  and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.  9 All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.”  Ecclesiastes 8:1-9.

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Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God;  and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.  Do you want to have no fear of authority?  Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;  for it is a minister of God to you for good.  But if you do what is evil, be afraid;  for it does not bear the sword for nothing;  for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Render to all what is due them:  tax to whom tax is due;  custom to whom custom;  fear to whom fear;  honor to whom honor.”  Romans 13:1-7.

Pray “for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”  1 Timothy 2:2.

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