God is a God of order and He works through authority. We can’t say we’re fully submitted to God if we aren’t submitted to the authority He has placed in our lives.
Job 19 & 20
Job 19 & 20:
My Redeemer lives
In spite of all his miseries Job could still say, “For I know that my Redeemer lives …” That should put most of us to shame! He went on to say, “… I shall see God.” So no matter what, he was sure of his eternal destiny.
We will hear His voice
What a strong encouragement to us that as we “worship and bow down” and recognize that “He is our God,” that if He is truly the God who sits on the throne of our hearts, we “will hear His voice” and do what He asks us to do!
Many times in Scripture we are warned not to seek to be rich. Instead we are to be faithful in the work God has given us, and trust Him for the results.
Submitting to authority
This is a very clear passage regarding authority. Scripture says all authority comes from God (v. 1). That could be a school teacher over a student, a boss over an employee, a husband over a wife, a pastor or elder over a church member, or a civic official over a citizen. Whatever it is, God expects us to respect and obey that authority. The only exception is if that person asks us to break God’s laws, then we must humbly and respectfully refuse to obey.
We should be teaching our children to respect the authority God has placed them under at school or any place else. Sadly today many parents are quick to run to their children’s defense instead of teaching them to respond biblically.
But respect for authority begins with us and, sadly, we’re often more concerned about what we perceive as our “rights,” than about being pleasing to God! We can’t expect our children to respect authority, including ours, if we’re disrespectful to our spouses, or police officers or bosses!
So how do you respond when you get stopped for speeding or some other violation? Are you concerned about justifying your behavior or denying your guilt? Or are you more concerned about pleasing God and trusting in His sovereignty?
How do you respond when passed over for a promotion or criticized at work? Are you more concerned about whether or not it’s fair or are you concerned about giving your co-workers the right opinion about God?
We are teaching and discipling our children and others with our actions one way or the other. Let’s purpose in our hearts to be good examples.
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