Day 16 – Government
gov·ern·ment /guhv-ern-muhnt, ‐er-muhnt/ η: 1 the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society. 2 the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed: monarchical government; episcopal government. 3 the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration. 4 a branch or service of the supreme authority of a state or nation, taken as representing the whole. 5. the parliament along with the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time.
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne … and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.” (KJV, Isa 9:7)
Awareness Exercise: Think back to a time when you were in a difficult situation and didn’t know what to do. What role did your conscience play? What led you out of that situation? Even though it may have seemed as if it were circumstances, or an individual or individuals, what were the qualities that were present that guided, guarded and governed you?
“God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.” (SH 106:7)