Daily Devotion

Respect and submit to authority (2)

November 4, 2021

“As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you!” Jer 44:16 NKJV


Do those in authority sometimes abuse it and prove themselves unworthy of it? Yes, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. The Bible says that in his youth, Jesus submitted to the authority of His parents (See Lk 2:51). And even though His ministry was marked by demonstrations of supernatural power, He still taught submission to the governing authorities in Rome. “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Lk 20:25 NKJV). Submission to authority is not optional for a follower of Jesus. Whether you are passed over for a promotion, assigned an incompetent boss, or feel you have been treated unfairly, respecting and submitting to authority is still God’s will for you. And when you obey His will, He works on your behalf. As you consider your tendency to be defiant, try to understand the root cause, which may include these: (1) A distressful history of suffering or mistreatment. (2) Disrespect for an inept superior. (3) Pride because your skills have not been recognized and rewarded. (4) Unfair behavior from those in authority. (5) A tactic on your part to test the honesty, care, or concern of authority figures in your life. Bottom line: “Anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished” (Ro 13:2 NLT). So pray: “Father, I repent of having a rebellious attitude. Remind me that all authority is from you, and when I resist it, I am resisting you. Empower me to submit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”