From our perspective as individual citizens, nations wield great power and authority, and it seems as if one person would be unable to bring about any change. But Christians can impact a nation with their prayers. In fact, the way we can play a part in reversing the downward trajectory of a nation is by interceding for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2-4). As James 5:16 tells us, the prayers of a righteous person can accomplish much. We should faithfully appeal to God on behalf of our country’s leaders.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional, July 4, 2022.
God has also appointed leaders in the church to help us develop spiritual discernment. They do this by teaching sound doctrine and refuting any ideas that contradict Scripture. Under the instruction of these mature believers, we can grow in righteousness by learning biblical truths and then applying them.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.
You have said: “It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts? So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape.” Malachi 3:13-15
“For indeed, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says the Lord of Hosts, “not leaving them root or branches. But you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing,” says the Lord of Hosts.