Anxious about this election and our nation’s future? Focus closely on Romans 13:1. “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.”
Surprisingly, Paul wrote these words during the reign of Nero, one of the most evil rulers in history. So what can we take from this?
1. Believers should submit to God’s appointed leaders. If ever there were an exception to this rule, Paul would have mentioned it with Nero in power. Instead he writes, “The authorities that exist have been established by God.” God is sovereign. That means every one of our leaders has been, and will be, directly appointed by Him.
2. God’s plan may include ungodly leaders. Why does God allow ungodly leaders to rule? We don’t have all the answers, but we do know God has a plan for all things. (Ephesians 1:11). Even Jesus, the Son of God, affirmed that He was under the authority of a secular political figure when He said to Pilate, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.” (John 19:11) In God’s sovereign plan, Pilate ordered the crucifixion of Jesus. This makes no sense from a human perspective, but through Jesus’ death we’ve received the greatest gift ever given. (Acts 2:23-24)
3. Focus on prayer for our leaders. As believers, it’s not our job to worry or become angry in this election season. Rather we should focus on prayer for God’s will to be accomplished (Phil 4:6). Remember, our trust is in God, not in human politicians. Paul encouraged believers to pray for their leaders (1 Tim 2:2), so we should pray and trust that our sovereign God will orchestrate all circumstances for His eternal purpose.
~ by Ron Reid (condensed from eDevotion, “Election Anxiety?” - www.growingchristians.org