Yielding to Authority

You’d like to think that once we’re grown up, we’re done submitting, ready to make our own decisions, no more teachers, no more books, all that…but we all work, don’t we? Whether it’s in the home or not, we have to yield to authority, whether we like them or not, whether we agree with them or not, most of the time, the job just needs to be done.

Let’s take a look at small snapshot of David’s life, pre-Bathsheba, post Goliath, and in my opinion, right in the thick of it–where most of us are: in careers, raising families, keeping our heads down, doing our very best. I’m looking particularly at I Samuel 18. David has defeated Goliath, become a household name and is now a part of Saul’s army. He is loved and admired by Saul’s family, David and Saul’s son, Jonathan become best friends, but this “safety” is not long-lived. Saul is ever mindful that his previous disobedience to God is going to lead to his downfall. He comes to feel threatened by David. Saul’s insecurity grows until one day, he hurls a spear at David (18: 10-11). Everything in my head would scream, “Let’s split!” But David remains, knowing that God has called him to this position.

Things at work can get crazy, scenarios you would have never dreamed of happening, do. Believe me, I’ve been there. Same thing at home, situations can bottom out faster than you can blink an eye, but like David, it is important to find that anchor in Someone bigger than ourselves, to know that we’re getting rocked and even bruised, but God is our fortress in all of this.

Even in the midst of persecution, David did not rush ahead with God’s promise: his anointing as king. David possessed excellence in all things: he was congenial, courageous, faithful, a fine warrior, humble and content to wait on God’s timing.

Have you dodged any “spears” lately? If so, how has God proved Himself faithful in your life?

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

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