Posted: Thursday, July 30
2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
Verse of the day:
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (Romans 13:1)
What do you think of when you hear the word authority? Do you tense up a little bit? Do you think of rules and regulations that you don’t like? Do you think of politicians that you don’t agree with or don’t respect? Growing up I tended to struggle with authority figures in my life. Being the youngest of three kids and having my siblings be eight and ten years older I always felt like I should be their equal. With my parents position at the church I also spent a lot of time around adults and became very comfortable around them…too comfortable! Being too comfortable caused me to not respect these adults as authority in my life. I think any of the teachers who had me in their Sunday school class or in Girl’s Ministries remember me as being a little terror!
Where did lack of submission lead me? Into lots of trouble! Phone calls home to my parents were a common occurrence! As long as I didn’t submit to the authority in my life I could never be fully at peace because trouble always followed my lack of submission. Submitting to authority I think becomes even harder as we become adults. We feel like once we become an adult we all become equals and that no one should really be over us. Problem is that is not how God has set up the structure for us to get along. We all have authorities in our lives that we are commanded to submit to. We have police, bosses, government officials and so on. We can choose to be in rebellion to them, but when we choose that we show our hearts are ultimately in rebellion towards God.
Do you have someone that is in an authority position over you that you struggle to submit to? Do you find yourself often complaining about those in authority? Instead of viewing your submission as being to that person view your submission to them as really being submission and obedience to God. He is the one that ultimately places authority in our lives and asks us to submit to them.