walk in the word
Category: Problems, Relying on God, Your Walk With God
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.
We gotta change that! We can’t abandon a subject that’s found in Scripture simply because it’s been misunderstood and misused. In the words of the apostle Paul, we must declare the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).
So what does His 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 in every area of life. We won’t look at the entire passage here, but check out Peter’s statement in 2:13,15: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution . . . for such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”
That word “silence” actually means to muzzle. You say, “There are some people I would love to muzzle!” Great, God’s all for putting a muzzle on them, 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.
Are you struggling with injustice? Do right and silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Have you been passed over for a promotion at work, something you deserved and should have received? You’re angry about it. It’s not right and it’s so political. What should you do? Do right and silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Has someone turned against you in a relationship and injured you? Do right and silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Have you experienced a marriage breakdown and people think they understand what happened? Even though you know what really happened, maybe people have harsh opinions of you; now you’re reaping the consequences of all of that. You say, “How do I get out of this? I have to defend myself!” Do what’s right and silence the ignorance of foolish men.
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?
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