13Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
— 1 peter 2:13-15
We’re all natural-born rebels, so we have a built-in resistance to submission. On top of that, submission has been hijacked by some selfish-minded, even cruel, authoritarians who have twisted and distorted the truth for their own purposes. Submission has a terrible reputation right now, so it’s hard to get even sincere people to consider it seriously.
So what does God’s Word have to say about this matter of submission? Quite a bit, actually. The second and third chapters of 1 Peter are the classic biblical text dealing with submission.
That word “silence” in verse 14 actually means to muzzle; but you have to go about it His way—by doing right, trusting God, waiting upon Him, and living a life of biblical submission. We are to do right no matter what.
Whether you’ve been maligned or rejected or ignored, do right and silence the ignorance of foolish men. When we choose to submit to authority, what we’re really choosing to do is to put ourselves under God’s protection. That is a wonderful place to live your life. You might feel like there are some bad things that are falling, but submission is a covering. It’s your place of protection.
When you get out from under that, you are very vulnerable. The promises of God do not extend to you when you choose to live as a rebel. However, when you choose to live under the umbrella of God’s protection by submitting to His plans and doing what’s right, all the promises and blessings of God are yours in abundance. That’s where I want to live! How about you?
— James MacDonald
Prayer: Dear Father, help me to see that when I am silent, You then work on my behalf in ways that I can’t see, and in ways that are infinitely better than I can imagine. Forgive me for not trusting You when I am afraid to submit to authority. I need Your covering and protection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.