Trust and Obedience go Hand in Hand
Joseph learned obedience under Pharaoh.
Moses was led to the governing authorities for the release of Israel.
John the Baptist, submitted to the authority of his day.
Jesus had much to say about authority and demonstrated it practically.
Paul set many examples of walking his teachings out.
All set an example submission to the Lord, and to the law of the land. In this they all understood and demonstrated a principle that is valid for our day. They saw that even in the fallen systems of this age the Lord had something to express, and experience. This comes hard to hear when one has a rebellious spirit, this I know from experience.
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry…” ~ 1 Samuel 15:23
Submission to the Lord is where Trust is deeply experienced, and appropriated.
The Kingdom is within and our example expresses our Trust in the Lord and His ability to provide. We walk in Faith knowing that whatever may come, it’s His will that is of paramount value, and for this will to be expressed in obedience. We must be able in Spirit and Truth to look beyond what we see or know, and Trust in His Lordship at all times.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” ~Romans 13:1~5
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work” ~ Titus 3:1
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. ~ 1 Peter 2:13~15
“So Pilate *said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?”
Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” ~ John 19:10, 11
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” ~ Matthew 28:18