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Harvest Daily 01/25/05



January 25
God Is in Control

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. - Romans 13:1

Control does not ultimately rest in the hands of the governor or the president.  No matter who is prime minister, king, queen, or who is in congress, God is ultimately in control.  Nations come and nations go.  Presidents come and presidents go.  It all cycles through, but the one thing that remains the same is that God is in control.

The Apostle Paul in the book of Romans said that "the authorities that exist are appointed by God" (Romans 13:1).  Paul wrote Romans during the reign of Caesar Nero, who was the emperor of Rome.  According to history, Nero was probably the most wicked emperor ever to rule Rome.  Yet Paul said the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  As the psalmist said, "Surely the wrath of man shall praise You" (Psalm 76:10).  In other words, God can take seemingly terrible situations and turn them around for His glory.

Now as we look at our own nation today, there are many people who wonder where God is in all of this.  They think justice will never come.  But be sure of this.  The Bible says "your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23).  Remember, God is in control.

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