We have an unbelievable freedom of choice. We can walk into a grocery store and not only can we pick what food we want, but we also have different kinds of that specific food we can choose from. For example, we can choose whole milk, skim milk, coconut milk, or whatever other kind of milk we want. The point is, we have an excessive amount of choice. This choice leads us to believe or feel in control because many of us get what we want too often. We naturally want to be in control of every decision. We want to hold the jurisdiction of the course of our own lives where there is no rocks to stumble over in our path. When this stumbling rock, whatever it may be, comes into our path, our sense of control feels threatened. Most of us get irrationally emotional when events do not go our way. And this is where authority comes into play.
The origin of authority is within God’s creation. God loved His creation and He anointed man to be in control over it. Reciprocated love cannot be forced, or else it is not love; this leads us to the conclusion that God’s love is choice. God’s love states that we can choose to submit to His authority, putting our self under Him; or we can resist and ignore His authority, submitting to ourselves. Submitting to ourselves is an attempt to be in control and hold the power that is not ours. Recognition of authority is not the problem; it is us. We choose to resist the authority with control clenched in our fist, instead of opening up our hand and giving control back to where it belongs. And when we choose to not be under God’s authority, it permits our mentality to believe we hold the power and are in control. This is the problem, because so many have gone astray from our Creator as if we are in control.
Ever since we were created, we have always been under God’s power and love. God granted us authority, responsibility over His creation to cultivate it. God grants special authority to people and places them above others. For example, the President, Kings, Cops, Judges… etc. The problem is people are refusing to submit to the authority put above them. When the authority tries to take responsibility to teach whoever is under them, those under them refuse to submit because their sense of control is threatened. We see discipline as a punishment when it is actually a gift.
God is good and what He does is just. Our eyes cannot see from His perception; we must let go and give Him control. Because so many lack faith, or have a skewed definition of faith, people are blind to see the justice on an individual and national level. Justice sometimes looks like getting pulled over by a cop because you were disobeying the law by speeding. The cop is doing his due diligence by holding to his responsibility to keep you in line. This is the disciplinary action that warns us to change. People do not want to change, so they refute the discipline by shooting the messenger. Discipline is a safety feature to protect us from our selves. We need to start submitting to it because it comes from God, the Ultimate Authority, who contains the power of death and life by a simple breathe. Let go and let God. Surrender control to Him.
“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. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”