Order Brings Abundance And Peace
God has placed clear order and authority in our lives and it is for our benefit. In the Old Testament there were judges, prophets and kings. Through Moses father in law, Jethro, God created a whole hierarchy of leadership to judge and govern Israel (Ex 18:13-26).
We are commanded to submit to governing authorities and to pray for them (1 Tim 2:1) that: “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life” (1 Tim 2:2; KJV). This would involve obeying the laws of the land, including traffic speed limits; did I hear an ouch. Within the church we are also to submit to and obey those leaders who walk in the love and wisdom of God (Heb 13:17). In fact, we are to honor leaders and make their work easy, as they represent God (1 Tim 5:17; Heb 13:17). Our leaders watch over us and they will answer to God for the job they do (Heb 13:17).
In the marriage relationship, although there is to be mutual submission (Eph 5:21), the godly husband is to be the head as Christ is head of the church (Eph 5:22-33). Children are to obey their parents: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 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” (Eph 6:1-3; KJV).
Order, discipline and submission were not put in place by God to limit us but to ensure our freedom, protection, prosperity and peace. When we do things God’s way, we can enjoy the abundant life Jesus came to give us (John 10:10). Try it, I guarantee that it works.