John Owen, a theologian from the 1600’s, once said,
“God has work to do in this world; and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness; but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God has a work to do; and not to help Him is to oppose Him.”
To see post-election rioting in the streets is disheartening, especially when rioters are shouting expletives and burning our flag during a week when we should be honoring the service of men and women who have fought, bled, and even died to protect our freedom. To be frank, sin is wreaking havoc on our world, and our sin nature is really put on display when we are called to submit to an authority figure with whom we disagree. In chapter 7 of Ecclesiastes, Solomon provided us with the test of wisdom. In chapter 8, he challenges us with the test of authority. How do you respond to authority? Do you respond like a fool or a wise man? When the election goes your way, it’s easy to submit to presidential authority. However, if the tables were turned and it didn’t go your way, how would you respond? Would you pass the test of authority? Join us on Sunday as we look at “The Test Of Authority” in our #TimeMatters series.