I stopped by Upward Not Inward, today and found a new Blog Hop going on. On Wednesday, you post about what God has been saying to you through your Bible studies that past week. Or a highlight from it. Or what God has been teaching you through some other means. Well, this caught my attention right away, as I have been convicted of late that I don't do enough Christ centered posts any more and that the Lord wants me to use L & F more in that vein once again. This afforded me the perfect vehicle to meet that particular leading and to help me meet my own personal goal of blogging at least once a week.
If you have a Christ centered blog or are a Christian and want to participate, just follow the links above. If you enjoy reading these types of posts follow the links above to read what others in the Blog Hop are saying.
As for me, most of my Bible study centers around the devotional booklet by RBC, Our Daily Bread. The Lord used the devotion from the 23rd of June to step on my toes a good bit. It centered around "There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." from Romans 13:1
It was a needed reminder for me that although I don't agree with much of anything this current U.S. Adminstration does or says, and I did not vote for this President, even have my doubts about his qualifications to be President, Obama is still my President. And he could not be my president if my God had not allowed, or willed it to be. That doesn't mean he is Godly or not. It doesn't mean he is good or not. It just means he fulfills a purpose that God has for our nation at this time and He has allowed him to be President.
Therefore, while it may be my duty as a U. S. Citizen to point out failings in the admistration or to fight to oppose things they want to implement or to try to vote him out of office, it is my duty as a Christian to submit to it's authority while it is in power and to pray for it and him as a man, a leader, my President, as a soul, a husband, a father, etc.
This I well know, but fall short in practicing. Everyday life and the needs of people I know personally crowd into my prayer time and I find myself not lifting up Obama and the leaders of my country as I should as often as I should.
So, what God is teaching me this week is that I should commit to being more faithful to do that, and encourage each of you - whether pro Obama or not - to do the same.