Devotion:  Romans 13:1-5

I found ninety one verses under Bible Gateway regarding authority.  Why do so many people resent any type of authority? We are to submit to those in authority over us.  It may be your father, your mother, your boss, or your pastor to which God requires you to submit to their authority.  More than anything; God wants you to submit to His authority.

Many people want their own way versus seeking the will of God, regarding submitting to those in authority over them.  God’s Word declares, “every man’s way seems right in his own eyes”. (emphasis on his own eyes.)  How many of us have honestly said, Father God, “not my will but Yours be done.”?  If we pray the Lord’s prayer, we find, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

God says, “If we seek Him; He will let us find Him, when we search for Him with our whole heart.”  Sometimes we so desperately want our own way that we seek God for what we want versus what He wants for us.  We try to make our will be His rather than His will being ours.  It can’t work both ways.

The Lord of heaven and earth holds all the authority over the earth, whether people acknowledge it or not.  One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  If we submit to His authority, we will find it easier to submit to our earthly authorities. It is God who places kings and pastors in their place of service. Even if we don’t agree with everything they say and do; we must respect and submit to the authority of the office they hold.  This pleases the Lord.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, I submit to You and to those You have placed over me.  You  are King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  You shepherd my heart.  I trust You to accomplish all that concerns me.  I trust You to accomplish what concerns those in authority over me.  I love You Lord. I will respect and submit to the office they hold. In Jesus Name.  Amen



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