A Messianic Daily Devotional
“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” (Romans 13:1).
They’re shaking fists at you
when the status quo shifts.
Prancing with chipped shoulders
of entitlement, rising, gathering, hoarding
and calling it their own. Burning, breaking,
spewing evil in the name of self right, they
have forgotten about borrowed time or thin ice
or the gift of life itself.
Fearing and inciting fear, they blame You.
Yet You don’t flinch
at the grand and putrid march of mad rebellion.
The sight of it passed before Your eyes the
day you died as they pierced it into your
flesh and bruised Your heart to death. You
swallowed the poison and descended
into hell, laying a sword to the serpent’s neck,
You won the war. Rising with the rusty keys of
and death and hell to join Your Father’s side, angels
danced and sang as the victory of the ages ended.
You looked down from heaven to see they are still
shaking fists at you while Peter wept in a pool of
regret and Judas swung from a rope, alone
in the Field of Blood.
©Bonnie Saul Wilks
May 13, 2014
Peaceful protest is a hallmark of American society, and it can be very effective. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands clad in pink knitted-beanies did that–peacefully protested for feminine rights on the first day of office for President Donald J. Trump. Although the marching amazingly was pretty much without violence, the protesters’ rhetoric remained angry. The celebrity-studded sea of pink saw red and spoke red! Madonna confessed her desire to blow up the White House. Ashley Judd read a poem that was too vile to repeat.
My Facebook feed yesterday was filled with protest too. Most of my friends are believers through the blood of Messiah, Yeshua, and some are mocking or mad or just above it all. This is more painful. They are protesting Trump’s lack of suitability and character for such high office and position. And I am gearing up for a few months of shouting matches and a kind of on-going war, praying the protest will remain peaceful. Still it hurts.
Everyone shakes a fist at disappointment or injustice at some point. Now dissidents are shaking their fists at President Trump, but really they are protesting God. Why? No one comes to power except by the power of God alone. If we as believers in Yeshua don’t believe that, then something foundational is missing. We don’t have to like the ruling authorities; but we must recognize, they came to placement by the God of the universe.
I wish I could defend the 45th president of the USA’s character to the world. I cannot. But I can defend the biblical truth that; although I do not understand why right now, I know he came to power because God allowed it. Just like he allowed Obama before him and Bush before him and a myriad of others. His ways are past finding out. I must trust and wait. I must and will believe the best.
For more study…
Romans 1:18-22; Luke 24; Revelations 1:18; Philippians 2:10
Work it into daily life…
Pray for those in authority (I Tim 2:2). Pray more than you protest, but feel free to peacefully protest. When you are disappointed or frustrated with your government leaders, appeal to ruling authority respectfully. Go through the right channels of appealing to your state representatives. Pink, red, or purple — don’t shake your fists — bend your knee.
©Bonnie Saul Wilks