Thursday, January 14, 2016

Respecting Authority

Isaiah 13: 11 I will punish the world for its evil,
    the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty
    and will humble the pride of the ruthless.


 By my calculations, it was time for the person at the top of the department to go. I received numerous votes from very high up people and I felt pretty secure in my resolve. I spoke pretty poorly about the head of the department, saying the ideas were not in the best interest of the company. He fought back and I lost my buy in from other departments.

  • Sometimes I am the one who is arrogant.
  • Sometimes I am the one who is acting wicked.
  • Sometimes I am the one who carries pride and is ruthless.

Blind to the battle, I fought fearlessly as long as I had people to hide behind, but once exposed, I was alone and humbled. My haughtiness was no longer accepted as pleasing to the LORD.

  • GOD wants me strong yet humble.
  • GOD wants me confident and respectful.
  • GOD wants me to stand up for myself without tearing someone down.

Many times I have found myself on the wrong side of GOD. I mean when I examined my actions I realized that “I” was the problem, not them. I had not respected the authority of the department head, nor GOD. I felt I could say anything anyway I wanted to, instead of carefully choosing my words lacing them with respect while telling the truth. GOD wants me to speak to HIM and others with respect and honor.

  • Are you speaking to people without respect?
  • Do you try to prove your value rather than showing honor to those in authority?
  • Can you humble yourself while remaining confident in your abilities? 

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