Have you ever read Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy through, all three books, and then read them again, and then one more time. Probably not, because they are very hard books to understand and the content has very little direct application to our life. There are several important things about these books; the first is that they reveal a great deal about the nature, the character, and the attributes of God. God the father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are in these books, their roles and relationships, and their desires and goals in regards to people. Another major topic in these books is government, how it is supposed to serve God, protect His people, and to maintain and protect justice among people. It is no surprise to learn that the founding fathers of the United States looked to these books as they wrote the Constitution for our country.

And then there comes Joshua, Judges, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, and 1st and 2nd Chronicles where there is written the history of the nation of Israel as seen in their government and rulers. Israel had a roller coaster ride over the years, and the ups and downs, the successes and failures were obviously the result of the person who was the king at any given time. The quality of the government, the leadership over the country brought God’s blessing on the country or God’s curse.

Today the same thing is true, the government over a country will ultimately determine the quality of life that the people under that government will experience. We have some input and influence in the choice of who those people are who are the leaders of our government, but in reality not very much influence.

Our greatest influence is stated in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,”

The passage begins with the words “first of all,” which would obviously mean, this is important. Discontent should move us to greater and greater commitment to prayer. God is infinitely powerful and sovereign, he can turn any representatives heart toward justice, any Senators, any President. Their heart is like water in His hand, He can turn it wherever He wants, but He lets us decide and influence through our prayers to Him. If we neglect our responsibility to pray for our country and it’s rulers then the devil gets to decide. Guess who is having the most say at this time in our country.

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