God’s Purposes for Authority

“Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3).

One of the major reasons why many of our young people are constantly making wrong decisions is because they have never been taught God’s purposes for authority.

God has designed authority to function like an umbrella of protection. As long as we remain under God-given authority, nothing can happen to us that God does not design for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory (Romans 8:28). But the moment we rebel against our authority, we move out from underneath that umbrella of protection and expose ourselves to the destructive temptations of Satan.

Scripture says that “…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23). A person who is involved in witchcraft has given himself over to Satan and his power. Exactly the same thing happens the moment you step outside that umbrella of protection. That’s why as I have opportunity to talk with young people, I urge them to honor and obey their parents.

Do you know anyone and things don’t seem to be going well for them? Many times it can be traced back to a violation of this Biblical principle of authority. This is true not just for young people but for adults as well. If someone comes for counsel and tells me that things aren’t going well for them, the first questions I ask are: What is your relationship like with your parents? What is your attitude toward authority? Were you rebellious as a teenager? Did you marry against your parents wishes? Have you ever made that right?

Understand that God wishes for things to go well for us. Whether they do or not is conditional upon our attitude toward authority (Ephesians 6:2-3). That doesn’t mean that we should blindly obey our authorities. If they ask us to violate the clear teaching of Scripture then “…we ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

This is a Biblical principle that our children desperately need to understand.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries