1. For our protection
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. But the moment we challenge and disobey our authority, we move out from underneath that umbrella of protection and expose ourselves to the destructive forces of Satan. That’s why 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 – you expose yourself to the destructive forces of Satan. Satan’s strategy is to get us outside that umbrella of protection because he knows he can’t harm us as long as we remain under our God-given authority.
2. For direction
The most essential means of finding God’s will (second only to the Word of God) is checking with our authorities, because God directs through your authority. Now that’s radical teaching for our society! Parents are often the last on the list that our young people come to for advice, and that’s tragic. This explains why so many Christian young people today are constantly making wrong decisions and are just drifting through life with no vital spiritual purpose for living. It’s only as we submit to the authority of those God has placed over us – parents, government, employer, leadership in the local church – that we can benefit from God’s protection and direction.
3. For character development
Every single one of us has a multitude of character deficiencies that need to be perfected. Authorities are the tools in God’s hands that He uses to chip away at the rough edges of our character and to transform us into the image of Jesus Christ (Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.). If we react and resist and get out from under the reproofs and authority of our parents, God only has to raise up new “tools” to continue the job.