BIBLE READING: ROMANS 13:7; MATTHEW 8:1-9, 1 PETER 2:13-14; ROMANS 14:4
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the Ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves. Romans 13:1-2 (NKJV).
The Principle of Authority and Submission is the First Principle as far as God is concerned. This is because Order is the First Law in the universe. Every other thing is built on it. Once there is disorder, everything else that is good is suspended, God exits and chaos takes over. To have God you must have order for He cannot function in disorder.
Order connotes proper arrangement and alignment of things for proper functioning and accomplishment of purpose. Order is primarily expressed through the presence of Authority and Submission. The Principle of Authority and Submission dictates that once there is more than one entity in any environment, one person must be in authority while the rest will be in submission to the person in authority. If it is not clear who is in authority and who is in submission, that is anarchy and disorder in display. If there is authority and there is no submission, that is rebellion which is another gross manifestation of disorder.
There is nothing God judges as swiftly and as harshly as rebellion (see Num. 12 and 16). Rebellion to constituted authority is an affront on God because all authority is established by Him. (see Rom.13:1-2). You must know who answers to you and who you answer to. While we may not always obey commands or legislations that are against God, we must maintain an attitude of submission and reverence to the authority figures in our lives.
Submission is an attitude while obedience is an action. The wife submits to her husband (see Eph.5:22), the children to their parents (see Eph.6:1) the congregation to their pastor (see Heb.13:17), citizens to their leaders, (1Pet.2:13), employees to their employers (see Col.3:22), the younger to the elder (1Pet.5:5) and so on. This is God’s Divine Order (see 1Cor.14:40).
Lord, we come with repentance for all the times we have lived in a disorderly manner by not submitting to your delegated authorities, uttering rebellious words or engaging in rebellious acts. May Your Mercy transcend Your Judgement. Grant us the grace for humility and submission towards all those You have placed over us in Jesus’ Name. Amen.