The Bible gives us instruction on how to live in every circumstance of life. This is true not just in the New Testament, but throughout the entire counsel of God’s Word. More relevant than many of us realize are the scriptures that tell us about the kings that ruled over Israel and Judah, as well as the kings that had dominion over the pagan nations.
What we must first understand is that God is the one who determines who will rule over nations. The scriptures tell us that “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Once we wrap our minds around this text, we can relax knowing that God is in control. He chooses the one to rule over the country, we don’t.
God In Control
God raised up only a few good kings to rule over the kingdoms of Israel and Judah; the rest were evil. If the king didn’t follow the Lord’s commands, he and the people suffered the consequences. God remained in control.
Likewise, God used pagan kings to accomplish His purposes. At a few times in history, entire regions that had once worshiped idols turned to God and were blessed. Even when Judah was conquered by Babylon and the people were exiled to live there, God essentially told them to obey the governing authorities, build houses, work, live at peace with the Babylonians and He would be with them. He wanted them to know even in the worst circumstances, they need not fear: He had their best interests at heart.
The Ultimate Authority
We need to realize that no matter who rules the nation, believer, or non-, God is the ultimate authority. He remains in control. Again and again, throughout the Bible, we see people in power who did not worship the one true God. We also see how God worked through those people to accomplish His purpose. We need to take heart in the fact that God’s character never changes. God has been, is, and will always be in control over the world no matter who we put in power.