Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Paul's Parenting Principles- I Timothy 3 introduction

We as humans have a problem with authority. We either want to be the authority or be anything but the authority, anything other than be under it. We try to find ways to get away from it, change it, conform it; anything rather than submit to it. Some of us have a better relationship with authority than others. Those who have experienced abuse tend to have the hardest time submitting, even to Godly authority, having been hurt by those who would have been protecting them. Our society would have us believe that all of us should be equal and that no authority is a good thing. Like it or not, God says differently and all authority stops and starts with Him.

We cannot question God; not His motives, not his thoughts, not his actions. He is the ultimate authority. We don't get to vote, discuss or change that. You can reject Him and His authority, but if you do that, you agree to the consequences of such a choice.

After that, all further authority comes from God and those in positions of authority answer to Him, whether it is a boss, a husband, a parent or any other authority.

We want our children to have a healthy respect of authority, especially God's. It is fine to examine what the person in authority is asking you to do, because if they are following God's word, then there will be a Biblical support for it. No Biblical authority should ever ask you to disobey God. But make sure that if you stand up against authority, you are standing on the Word to do so.

So much of our world, even in the church is consumed with the desire for equality and being treated with equanimity, that we have missed something important: just because we had different jobs doesn't make us "unequal". It makes us different, with different responsibilities. It's okay for someone to take the lead. It's okay for someone to be in charge. It doesn't mean they are better, more qualified, favored or anything like that. It just means God has placed them in authority.

And it's okay to submit to Godly authority. It doesn't make you weak, worthless or less important to God. It make you obedient to Him. Submit as unto the Lord is how Ephesians 5:22 says it.

I pray you will consider these things as we drive into chapter 3 on Thursday!



Anonymous said...

Just so we are clear--in not questioning God, does that negate intercessory prayer? Are we to accept everything that happens to us and those around us without question? After all, God allowed it so it must be His will for us to go through this, right? So, we must never ask for any situation for us or our friends or acquaintances to be removed.

As a side note, Job questioned God. Abraham questioned God. Moses argued with God. Jacob wrestled with God.

ehart said...

Just to be clear--if we are never to question God, why did Job and Abraham? Are we to never utter an intercessory prayer? Are we to accept all our situations without question? Are we to never ask for healing, only acceptance of whatever disorder we have?

HisBeloved said...

My point was not that we can't pray and ask God for help, healing or anything like that, but that we need to accept His ultimate authority in our lives. Just like Paul asked to be healed, so can we but, we too must accept that sometimes God says no and stop worrying about it. Even if we don't know or understand the why, God does and even more importantly, has a purpose for it. We don't have to like it, but we have to accept it as His will, should he choose to not change it.

ehart said...


It just seems like a fine line between accepting without question and never praying an intercessory prayer. I wasn't sure which side of the line you were on.

By the way, the anonymous comment is also mine. I didn't realize it had posted. You may delete it. Or leave it--your choice.


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