Executive Orders

Amy Jones
I’m sure none of you never complain about the government (*cough*). Honestly, I try to keep my words kind as much as possible and pray for the current administration, but let’s be real—sometimes it’s hard. Taxes, mandates, executive orders that we don’t agree with, all feel out of control, and we beg God to take charge of it all.

Well, this verse struck me in a strange way tonight:

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Here’s an administration that goes against all these people stand for. They’re counting them and taxing them outrageously. And they’re making them travel just to be registered! I feel so sorry for this young pregnant girl and her patient husband. They’re just doing what they have to do, and it must have been so hard for them and so many others.
Here’s my point: God was in charge, orchestrating it all. In fact, he used this powerful Roman emperor to set this decree just to get these two poor kids to a tiny town of Bethlehem to have their baby in a barn. He used this empire to fulfill this prophecy about Christ coming, and later, how He would die. He also used them to build the roads that would help spread His kingdom all over the world.

And He certainly fulfilled this:

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Caesar thought he was god and that the world was in his hands, when, really, he was just a tool in God’s hands. God has used so many ungodly kings to build great things, and I feel Him building something great right now.

So next time we feel like complaining about the government, let’s remember this: the government is upon his shoulder!

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