‘As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you!’ Jeremiah 44:16 ESV
Do those in authority sometimes abuse it and prove themselves unworthy of it? Yes, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. The Bible says that in His youth, Jesus submitted to the authority of His parents (see Luke 2:51). And even though His ministry was marked by demonstrations of supernatural power, He still taught submission to the governing authorities in Rome. ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ (Luke 20:25 NKJV)
Submission to authority is not optional for a follower of Jesus. Whether you are passed over for a promotion, assigned an incompetent boss, or feel you have been treated unfairly, respecting authority is still God’s will for you. And when you obey His will, He works on your behalf. As you consider your tendency to be defiant, try to understand the root cause, which may include these:
(1) A distressing history of suffering or mistreatment.
(2) Disrespect for an inept superior.
(3) Pride because your skills have not been recognised and rewarded.
(4) Unfair behaviour from those in authority.
(5) A tactic on your part to test the honesty, care, or concern of authority figures in your life.
Bottom line: ‘Anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.’ (Romans 13:2 NLT)
So pray: ‘Father, I repent of having a rebellious attitude. Remind me that all authority is from You, and when I resist it, I am resisting You. Empower me to submit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.’
SoulFood: Exo 10–12, Luke 12:22–34, Ps 66:1–12, Pro 6:20–22
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023