“For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Romans 13:1
Okay, so who among us has a beef with someone in authority?
But my study in 2 Samuel this week really helped me realize how much of an attitude adjustment I need. Here’s what happened. In my fall study of 1 Samuel, I read account after account of King Saul and how many times he tried to kill David. Yet, when David learns that Saul is dead, he mourned, wept, fasted and lamented over the death of Saul (2 Samuel 1). His lament included praises of Saul as a mighty and valiant warrior how he luxuriously provided for the people of Israel.
Look, I’m going to be honest here. If someone had pursued me trying to kill me for most of my life, I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be mourning their death or singing their praises no matter how much good they had done in between hunting me down. But here’s the thing. Based on God's Word, my thinking is wrong. You see, David knew and understood something about God’s Sovereign rule that I seem to easily forget in the face of things I simply cannot make sense of…especially when it comes to those in authority. This profound understanding that David had of God’s sovereignty over all things was proven real in the way he responded (behavior) to Saul’s death. His heart was genuinely grieved and broken and praised the good works of Saul…God’s anointed king. #wow
I want to know God this way. Don’t you? Oh goodness, I so need my heart, mind, and attitude adjusted...often! I created this google doc years ago and use it often because I seem to easily forget. I share it with you praying it will encourage you in your faith. If you aren’t working through a study right now, you might want to access a Bible, grab a notebook and write out the verses and ask God to help you understand them, accept them, and live in light of them. If any challenge your thinking, just write out your questions and ask God to answer you! This is what I do and is so helpful!