“He is the head over every power and authority.” Col. 2:10
This is a comforting thought, isn’t it? There is just so much powerlessness in this world and some ruthless people seem to have assumed absolute authority over the common people, causing us to feel utterly desperate and helpless. Indeed, “He is the head over every power and authority,” which reminds us of this verse in the book of Psalms: “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.”
“They will have their days under the sun, but they will have to stand before the judgment seat of God just the same,” I said to my wife, grumbling about what I see and read in the press every day. I am just so thankful that under the current system of our country no one in the government has absolute power over people. They may be able to abuse their power to a certain extent, but not all the way, thankfully.
It is, however, not my business to judge what others are doing; my primary concern should always be how I relate to the Supreme Power of the universe and how I should submit to him in all things. Knowing how weak we are and how we are so prone to doing the wrong thing, we would fare no better than the ones whom we criticize if we were put in the same position.
“Is the Lord the head over us?” This is the question that we ought to address ourselves.
The exercise of putting the Lord first in our lives is an endless task which we must practice daily, and we may easily slip up the moment we are not on guard. This kind of exercise should always start from the bottom up, which means that we must first learn to do small things right. If we honor the Lord in little things, we will also esteem him in great things. This may sound simple and elementary, yet it’s nonetheless the foundation of all things beautiful and good.
All good things start from how we rightly relate to those who are closest to us, and we must always treat our loved ones with respect, for the mere fact that they are also bearers of God’s glorious image, worthy of our reverence. We can easily tell whether or not people hold the Lord in the highest respect by the way they treat their family members.
This is indeed a good start for all of us actually. What I can do to rectify the injustice of our government is rather small and insignificant, for all I have as an individual citizen is merely one vote which can only be exercised occasionally, once every four years even; yet I can in fact make a small difference among the people in my small circle of family and friends by lifting the Lord up in all things. This may actually create a ripple effect that extends far and wide. Surely one man’s obedience to the Lord may make a great difference.