“God, Authority & Speeding Tickets” August 14


God, Authority & Speeding Tickets - God is a God of order and He ordains authority as part of His order. No matter what we think, we are not fully submitted to God if we aren't submitted to the authority He has placed in our lives.God is a God of order and He ordains authority as part of His order. No matter what we think, we are not fully submitted to God if we aren’t submitted to the authority He has placed in our lives.


Today’s Readings:
Job 19 & 20
Psalm 95.6-11
Proverbs 23.4-5
Romans 13.1-14


God, Authority & Speeding Tickets


Romans 13.1-14:

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 are 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 are disrespectful to our spouses, police officers or bosses!

policeman ticketFor example, 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.


Today’s Other Readings:


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.


Psalm 95.6-11:

Hearing His Voice & Spiritual Maturity


Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

Today, if you will hear His voice:

What a strong encouragement to us that as we “worship and bow down” and recognize that “He is God,” we “will hear His voice.”

listening earWorship that leads to greater “hearing,” that is understanding and wisdom, is more than just showing up at church to sing or raise our hands. It is a bowing down in our hearts with a desire to know and obey Him.

The writer of Hebrews had this to say about wisdom and spiritual maturity:

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil (Heb. 5).

“Practicing” the Word of God, doing what it says, causes us to grow spiritually and gain greater and greater wisdom.


Proverbs 23.4-5:

Be Faithful


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.



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And on All Authority Issues:

It’s frustrating to be under imperfect authority. And sometimes it’s more than frustrating–we suffer when someone’s authority is unfair, capricious, or just plain wrong. But does that let us off the hook? Do we have to listen only to those we agree with? In Authority Issues: When It’s Hard Being Told What To Do, Robert Smith of Faith Biblical Counseling explains how God calls us to submit to authority–even imperfect authority–and that, as we do so, we are following in Jesus’ steps. As we redirect our trust from a fallen authority figure to the gracious and loving God who is ultimately in charge of our life, we can avoid the traps of bitterness and expectation and become more like Christ. New Growth Press minibooks are frequently used by pastors and ministry leaders to help others apply biblical wisdom to specific life issues. Great for individuals, too.

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2 thoughts on ““God, Authority & Speeding Tickets” August 14

  1. Donna, what a lovely to spend a Friday in reading your encouragement found in God’s word. I, especially think the first segment dealing respecting authority needs to be spread in this world gone mad. People aren’t taught this simple truth anymore and everyone is angry at someone else when they are the source of the problem not the other way around. God bless you for your stewardship in serving God through your blog!

    • Cathy, thank you so much for your kind words! I was just visiting your site and had a good laugh over “scraping the bottom of the bucket” and “solo and chewy”! They definitely brought a smile to my face seeing your “sillies” and the cute cat photos. Have a blessed week-end.

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