It’s God‘s business to decide what to do with each of us in regard to what’s right and who’s loyal. God put your life in my hands today, but I wasn’t willing to lift a finger against God‘s anointed. Just as I honored your life today, may God honor my life and rescue me from all trouble. I Samuel 26:23-24 (TM)
David understood the principle of respecting those put in authority over you, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God (Rom 13:1). It’s hard to do when your boss, your coach, your supervisor, or your parent – or in David’s case, his king – seems bent on your humiliation and destruction. Yet, there is a plan and purpose – a growth opportunity – in respecting authority. It’s one of the more difficult and frustrating lessons in life, but perhaps one of the most profitable because it requires an almost supernatural trust.