Being under authority

BethanySMC - Sunday, 5 August 2012 01:07

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 1 Peter 2:13-14

The matter of being in submission to authorities is mentioned quite often in the Bible. God is not the author of confusion. When he created heavens, the earth and all known and unknown galaxies – He established order and laws under which the universe operates. To this day, scientists are trying to solve the mysteries of creation and discover those laws. Great tragedies happen if any of those laws are broken or ignored.

In relationships between people, God also established order and principles through which people prosper. Submission to authorities is one of those principles that ought to be respected. Unnecessary stress, pain, sickness and even premature death are the byproducts of disrespect and lack of honor to God’s order in relationships between people.

In Romans 13:1 we read for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God – we act wisely if we submit ourselves to them. Of course it is much easier to submit to the authorities that we like, yet even the worst of them are in that position for a purpose. Behind the scenes, there is an almighty God who gives success to their strategies or campaigns. Many times God allows evil rulers to rule, as a way to punish people or nations for breaking God’s laws. In other cases, God uses them to try and test His people, to purify thechurch ofGod and prepare us for service.

Good leadership isn’t cheap. Every godly leader in the bible had to learn to honor their authorities and often times even suffered before they were established in their positions.

On the other hand, those who rebelled never succeeded and often became a curse to all people around them. Rebellion began with the devil – disrespect and rebellion today is produced by the same wicked spirit.

No resentment is justified by the parents, teachers, pastors or the government, unless they require us to break God’s laws. In such cases we ought to obey God rather than men. (Act 5:29) If we humble ourselves and be submissive to all other requests and ordinances that the human authorities have placed upon us, we will be blessed! Why? The king’s heart is in the

hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Prov.21:1 God works his best plan for our lives using those people. Parents and other authorities may not have a good explanation for their choices and decisions, yet many times God leads them to those decisions for our good. In some situations, the scripture allows us to make a humble appeal to our authorities regarding their decisions. I would say up to 3 times, meanwhile, praying to God to turn their hearts according to His will.

Because of respect and obedience to his authorities, Joseph ended up inEgypt- second in ranks after pharaoh. For the same reason, David came just on time to slay Goliath and became the best leader in Jewish history. In these and many other cases, we see God’s hand bringing people to His perfect will, developing their character through the imperfect people who ruled over them.

Very simple principle here – you want to know God’s will for your life? Obey and submit to your human authorities, even though you might not see the whole picture. The day will come and all those puzzles pieces will be in their places.

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