Do you ever feel a tension as if you’re wavering between two different instructions? Perhaps the law of the land conflicts with the law of the Lord. Or perhaps you’re wavering between two very Biblical commands.
Romans 13:1 NASB
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”
For example, when I lived in Chicago, I was quite intimidated at first with the driving! I had moved there from Louisville, where everyone drove the speed limit and no one was ever in a hurry! I remember telling my husband I thought I was going to get run over! He suggested I drive the same pace as most of the other cars—even the slow ones, for my own safety! He encouraged me to obey the “spirit” of the law (safety) as opposed to the “letter” of the law (do exactly as it says). I still mostly obeyed speed limits, except for when traffic got so bad that if I did not speed up, I literally would have been rear ended!
This might seem like a small decision, but is it not in these “small” decisions where the battle is won? We’re able to win the bigger battles of our faith because we’ve won many smaller battles leading up to those other ones.
Sometimes Scripture is clear about who is in authority over us. Other times, we have to pray and seek God’s will about where our allegiance is due. Do you live in such a way that you’re under God’s authority and the authorities He’s placed above you? Or do you typically just do what you think best or follow who you agree with? Pray for those in authority over you and that you would be a joyful follower in the Lord.
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming daily devotional: 365 Living Words.