Today, we’re going to look at Solomon’s comments on our relationship with civil government. As the king of his country, this is certainly something that Solomon knew from firsthand experience.
(Ecc 8:2) I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. (3) Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. (4) Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
Obey the King
Solomon counsels obedience to the king’s command as if you had made an oath to God. The Bible makes it clear that civil government is ordained by God, and that resisting it exposes you to the wrath of God.
Rom 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: (4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Rebellion against civil government is disobedience to God. You also risk the rath of the leaders you disobey. Beyond that, obedience to civil government is a good testimony.
1Pe 2:13-15 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (15) For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
What About You?
- Are you obedient the governmental authorities in your life?
- Do you see your obedience as a way to honor God?