Attitudes Toward Authority

Sep 13

Girl Holding Umbrella
Authority is God-ordained. The word authority is defined as a role that a certain or multiple individuals play in a life by direction and discipline. We can picture authority as an umbrella of protection. It isn’t meant for harm, but help. Authority is not to be shunned, rejected, or ignored; but rather embraced, respected, and appreciated.

 

3 Actions to Authority:
 

 

1. Pray or Pout

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 

Prayer changes things as well as us while pouting reveals immaturity and ultimately makes matters worse. There are legitimate requests that may not be granted by the authorities in your life. However, God can work good in your life through the “no” times if you will go to prayer and allow Him to build character through it. Choose joy and refuse all temptations to pout.

2. Submit or Subvert

To submit means to accept or yield while subvert means to undermine the power and authority of an individual. Submission isn’t something inborn by nature, but must rather be cultivated by character building and self-discipline.

I think of a very powerful story in the Bible where Hagar had run away from her mistress because of the cruelty she was experiencing. Even though Sarai didn’t know where she was, the angel of the Lord sure did and made a special visitation to her. The words he spoke were quite unreasonable to the human ear, yet teaches us the importance God places on submission.

And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. Genesis 16:9-10

Through this scripture passage, God not only showed the importance of submission, but also the abundant blessing He gives in return.
 We, as single ladies, would be wise to evaluate our submission toward our Dad as the head of our home. In our fanatic minds, we can’t imagine ever having a struggle submitting to the love of our life someday. Yet, the truth is…
“You will eventually treat your husband with the same respect and submission you learn to give to your Dad while under his authority.”
3. Respond or React

Responding gives the idea of meekly sharing ones perspective where reacting uses confrontation in forcing the other to see their side. In many situations, a response is needed. However, if the response changes into a reaction, it almost always causes conflict. The tone with which we respond is key in keeping it a meek response. God’s word has much to say about our responses. One is in Proverbs 15 verse 1 which says, A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 

How can you choose Biblical responses to authority in your everyday life? Please share.
 

One comment

  1. Olyvia Wilson /

    Thank you so much for posting this Joanna!! Sure I just read it today but the bad week I’ve been having and this just made my walk with God closer!! Please keep me in your prayers!!

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