“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted… Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” Romans 13:1-5
The Scripture above is a hard one to swallow, but one that seems to hit the heart of every human being alive. We all obviously have to answer to God, he is our ultimate authority. But the truth is not only do we have to answer to God, but he has also placed people in our lives in whom we must answer to. In fact, he ‘established’ that very authority here on earth. Meaning, he has appointed many persons to authoritative positions and not only that, but he has also made it so that we all have some sort of authority in our lives. Like a child to a parent, or a student to a teacher, or a worker to a boss, a prisoner to a prison guard, church members to church leaders and many more including: police officers, senators, congress, mayors, governors, the president, etc.
I will admit that sometimes it can be hard to submit to the authorities given. Maybe they don’t agree with us, or they wronged us, or they are doing their job wrong, who knows. The fact is, however, that they too will make mistakes, but none the less, God has allowed them to be in authority, be it, that they use it wisely or not so wisely. Ultimately we are called to submit, but in the end they will be the ones who have to answer to God for their actions.
One person I want to tell you about is David, a man who I admire and one who lived under the wicked King Saul. A king who sought to kill David almost every chance he got. Yet when the time came for David to ‘seek revenge’ he drew not his sword, but spared the life of Saul, the very person who was after his life. Even though Saul was an evil King, David knew that he was appointed by God. So David refused to hurt someone God put in charge. And because of his actions, David is known as the man after Gods own heart. Wow, this encourages me in my own journey of submission!
You see, we too should have the same attitude over those in authority in our nation. Whether they are good or bad, God calls us to submit to them. And he, and He alone, has his reasons for putting such people in authoritative positions. We are not to judge why God put them there, we are just called to obey.
“For Gods thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways.” Isa. 55:8
The only time we should not obey, is when it goes against Gods law (ex. if we are told to reject Jesus, or told never to pray, etc.). But always know that you are not alone in struggling with authority. For even Jesus himself had to submit to the authorities here on Earth. Can you image? The King of all Kings submitting to an earthly authority? Wow what love and what an example!
Love you all!! And God Bless!