Over the past few months, God has been teaching me how important it is to be submissive to authority. I have learned that authority is protection for me and my family. Today, I wish to give thanks to God for setting up his chain of authority in my life. God is glorified, and he also blesses us when we choose to submit. Along with God's promises of blessing and honor for submission, he also states that he will punish those who rebel against authority. It is my prayer today that I can remain submissive to my God given authority, and to teach my children about this principle.
Romans 13:1-5 (New Living Translation)
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.