What does your respect for authority, or lack of it, say about your faith? Do you have great faith or a heart that trusts in what seems right to you? And what are you teaching your children about submission to authority, either by instruction or by example?
Deuteronomy 29 & 30
I love the story of the centurion and his servant in verses 2-10. This centurion understood the principle of authority. Jesus equated his respect for and understanding of authority with “great faith.”
When we respect and submit to the authority God has placed us under, we, too, are demonstrating our faith and trust in Him. And conversely when we don’t, we’re demonstrating a lack of faith and trust. We’re making ourselves the determinant of what is good. This is true in the home and at school, in the workplace, in the church, and in civil society.
Proverbs 14.12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Understanding authority from a Biblical perspective, is important to your relationships with God and others. May God give us understanding hearts and a willingness to obey and trust Him no matter what.
Today’s Other Readings:
When we fail to seek understanding
In chapter 29.2-9 Moses was recounting what God did for them those 40 years in the desert:
“You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land—the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.”
In his Daily Bible, John MacArthur says, “The Lord had not given them an understanding heart, simply because the people had not penitently sought it.”
What have you not “seen” because you have not sought it? God desires to show us more and more, to take us deeper and deeper into His truth, for us to know Him better and better, but we must want it, seek it, and ask Him for it. Do you study God’s Word with that attitude?
In Matthew 7.7-8 Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
But on the other hand verse 29.29 reminds us that there are things God has not yet revealed to us and, while we can pray for answers and understanding, we’re not to seek to know things apart from the Him. You can read my post from a few weeks ago about fortune telling and witchcraft.
His abundant blessings
Verse 5, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
Even when we go through great difficulties, they are mixed with God’s blessings.
Pride & strife or advice & wisdom
Verse 10, “By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom.”
Oh, the blessings of wisdom, help, encouragement, peace, and unity we lose out on because of our pride. Pride basically says, “I don’t need to seek God about this, I can figure it out on my own,” or “I know what the Bible says, but my way is better.”
What are your thoughts?
Are you asking, seeking and knocking?
What have you not “seen” because you have not sought understanding?
Do you believe, like the psalmist, that His wonderful works and His thoughts toward you are so wonderful and so abundant that they cannot be recounted or numbered? Or do you focus on what you believe He hasn’t done?
What is the level of your faith as demonstrated by a respect for authority?
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