“Everyone must submit himself 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
President Obama was the president that God either caused or allowed, but it was God’s choice. For me, submitting meant learning to do a few things:
- to stop publicly bashing him
- to acknowledge the good he did or the good way he handled something
- to, most importantly, pray for him
I noticed something. When I saw him as the president that God was in charge of, I was better able to submit to our president as the new authority in our country.
When I stopped bashing him, I saw that I wasn’t wounding those who supported him anymore. Truly, I had not realized that I was wounding them before. I also figured out that I could better see the good he did when I wasn’t focusing on his faults.
As I acknowledged the good, my faith was strengthened in God’s control over all things.
As I prayed my heart was burdened for him as a man instead of a president. His soul, his life, just him. Barrack Obama the husband and dad. I can’t imagine his role and the affect it has on him personally and his family. There was so much to pray for and I was so far behind. It became a blessing to pray for him and my heart was changing. I never embraced his platform or his politics, but I did embrace the fact that he was a man in need of prayer and that I could do just that. He was the authority that God placed in my life and by honoring that submission I was honoring God.
It took me eight years to learn and practice these things. I was never perfect, but heading into this next presidency I will take what I have learned the last eight years and do better in the season ahead. Donald Trump was not the candidate I wanted, but He is the one that God either chose or allowed. Because of that I will submit and practice what I learned.