Storm Chasers: Authority
We’ve all been there – in the break room when someone was mumbling under their breath about the boss, or out for coffee with a friend who was laughing off an unpaid parking ticket, or at the playground when a kid talked back to his parent – but what did you think when it happened? Did you shrug it off as normal? Or did you recognize that it wasn’t right?
In my last post I discussed how our enemy – Satan – roams around looking for an opportunity to gain entrance into our lives and that our actions, or inactions, are often what allow him to bring storms into our lives. Now I want to share the most powerful key to preventing storms in our lives – respecting and honoring authority.
Most believers can discern that they’ve sinned against God, but they fail to recognize when they’ve sinned against people, the relationships, or the authorities in their lives. And there it is – the opportunity Satan was looking for to bring the storms into your life.
The culture tells us that we get to judge whether or not a person is worthy of honor and respect, but the Bible says there is no authority except that which God has established. What does that mean? It means we don’t get to choose. We are to honor and respect those in authority whether we like them or not and whether we agree with them or not.
No example shows us this better than that of David and Saul. Remember that Saul wanted David dead. Yet we read that when David had an opportunity to kill Saul, he was conscience-stricken. Yes, he knew that Saul was trying to kill him, but he also knew that Saul was God’s anointed. He still respected the position and the authority. David knew it was not his place to deal with Saul – it was God’s place.
Not one of us is outside of authority. How you relate to the authorities God has placed over you speaks volumes about your character and your future.
Don’t help Satan discredit your employer, your pastor, your spouse,
a government official, or any other authority in your life. Instead, humble yourself and give them the honor and respect that is due them not because of who they are but because Jesus is your Lord.
Pray for those that have authority over you – leadership is a lot harder than you think it is. And realize that as you humble yourself to an authority, you are saying yes to God.