BY: Lynne Dyer
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
“For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state” (1 Peter 2:13 NLT)
“Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.” (1 Peter 2:17 NLT)
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NLT)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you remember James Dobson’s book The Strong-Willed Child? That could be my picture on the front. My children could be pictured as well. I don’t know if it is nature or nurture, but our family is full of people who assert themselves on a regular basis. In general, I don’t think God objects to a person with a strong personality. I’m pretty sure Paul and Peter could have been pictured on the book. The issue comes when I let my will get in the way of my being respectful of authority. The way I interpret Scripture, authority can come in the form of just about anyone, be it the President of the United States, a boss, a teacher, a coach, a policeman, etc. According to 1 Peter 2:13, we are to “be subject for the Lord’s sake (italics mine) to every human institution.”
So what if I don’t feel respect for someone in authority over me? What if a person isn’t behaving in a Christ-like manner? This is a struggle for me. A big struggle. Struggle or not though, I am clearly to be respectful even if I don’t feel respect. God also calls me to pray for all in authority. 1Timothy 2:1-4 even says that my prayers for those in authority lead me to a peaceful life. My prayers may not change those who lead me, but those prayers certainly change me, bringing peace to my life and to the lives of those around me.
Please help me to behave in a respectful manner whether I feel respectful or not. I lift up those in authority over me from President Obama, to local authorities, to my boss. Lead them to do Your Will. Bless them so they may lead with dignity and wisdom.
In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne is wife to Ronnie, mother to Rachel, Matthew, stepmother to Ginger, and grandmother to Sarah-Beth, TJ, and Carson. She is employed as a project manager for Resource Recovery Consultants, and she is enjoying developing her second career after homeschooling for sixteen years. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband.