Respecting Those In Authority

I was so very rebellious growing up as a kid. I had no regards for anyone, or for even any form of leadership. I felt I had to say what I wanted when I felt offended, not counting or weighing my words carefully. I just did not know how to think of how others would feel if I expressed harsh words or criticism no matter how true I thought it may be, but there was a biblical principle that I never understood. Proverbs 15:28 (NLT) says, "The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking". That was the problem, I was ungodly, so I could not see the Truth for what it really was. I did not understand that I could not stand against God's chosen and win.

David was anointed as King in 1 Samuels 16:13 in the midst of his brothers. He was the last one that Jesse his father let pass by Samuel at the point of selection, but certainly not the least of all because he was who God had selected to be the next King of Israel, but he had to go through the rigorous training. David's training ground was about to start and who would the Lord use to train him but another King.

The minute David was anointed as King was when his real problems began, and it was from people in very high places. Observe that in 1 Chronicles 14:8, "When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them". The Philistines were ready to take out David the minute they heard that he was anointed as King but God was with him and he was victorious against his enemies.

David suffered many opposition in his training to be King but in particular from King Saul. In 1 Samuels 26:8 (NIV), "Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.” Abishai was ready to attack King Saul in the cave, however, it was David's response that showed what God required of us in respect to leadership to authority, even when they behaved in a unnatural way. In verse 9 of the scripture, “No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one?" God couldn't make it any clearer in His Word.

As sons of God, we are expected to respect those in authority. What David went through is a precedent for us to follow. No one has any right spiritually to speak against or rebel against those that are set in place by God Himself. God will hold you guilty for not respecting leadership. Are you obedient to the leadership that has been placed above you? God is indeed watching.

My Prayer

Dear Lord,

I know that it is never easy to respect those that You have placed in authority over my life whether it be my Pastor, employer or whoever . Instead help me to respect them so that my life can please you in Jesus name Amen.

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