There was a time on earth when there were no nations or governments. People did as they pleased. As a result, God’s creation – the human race – sank into disgraceful depths of despair. God wanted to solve the problem so He covered the earth with a flood in judgment. Then He put government in the world to restrain wickedness. That first government came from God and every government ever since, has come from God.

W hy? Because no one has any authority except from God. W hether those who govern us are good or bad, right or wrong, gracious or greedy – they are there because God put them there. Some use their power to do God’s will. Others use their power in an attempt to go against God’s will. W hoever serves the people as leaders serve as He pleases with His permission.

Yet, it follows that those who refuse to obey the laws of God will ultimately be punished for their disobedience. Perhaps they will get away with it here, but certainly not in the “hereafter.”

“God presides in the great assembly,” wrote Asaph, the author of Psalm 82. And he concluded, “He gives judgment among the ‘gods’.” In other words, if those whom God has placed in positions of leadership as rulers or judges do not rule with God’s laws and commandments as their guide they will face His judgment.

Not long ago, one ruler who was dying cried out, “Now I must face the Judge. This is what disturbs me.” We, too, must face this Judge. W hat will we face on that day?