Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Blessing of Protection

God has given each of us earthly protection. Protection is not bad or negative, but a very great blessing, because even God shelters and protects us!  Protection is implemented for our good, despite how it might not always seem that way. 

But we can run from that authority and step away from that protection. How’s that?
 Sin.

When we begin to reject the God-ordained authority, we put ourselves in a dangerous place. 1 Samuel 15:23 states, "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as the sin of idolatry."

Our dog exhibits a perfect example of this. We have a golden retriever, who when given the opportunity, will bolt out our front door. Usually he manages to get out in the midst of someone going in or out the front door if the door is held open just a little too long. Once he’s out, he runs free and wild, ecstatic that he has no boundaries. But not being a very smart dog, he has also had multiple close encounters with cars. Because he is not in the boundaries of our home, he is also outside of our protection, making him vulnerable to danger. His roaming free has almost taken his life before and opens him up to whatever is out there.

The same is true with us. When we choose to disobey, we put ourselves in grave danger. We are susceptible to Satan’s influence and grasp. And there will always be consequences for our choices, whether now or in the future. We have to keep this in mind, because it’s easy to think that we’re not hurting anything with our present bad choices because we don’t see immediate consequences. Oftentimes we are tempted to think that we know better than our parents and are wise enough to make our own decisions. Isaiah 5:21 rebukes this attitude by saying “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes”! Disobedience to parents is a serious sin, listed alongside murder in Romans 1:29-31 and 2 Timothy 3:2-3. We’re tempted to wander because sin looks desirable, but we must remember that in the end it leads to death.

Pastor Paul Washer discovered a common factor among street people that he worked with at one time. He described it by stating: “Their life turned for the worst as they began to disrespect and dishonor their parents. It all began with rebellion in the home.” Could it be that those people were facing some of the consequences for disobedience and dishonor to their parents?

I say all this to encourage you to embrace the blessed protection God has provided in your parents. Even if you think they are being too strict or limiting your freedom, keep in mind that they are doing it for your good, and God will bless you for submitting to their authority. It’s not a matter of who is right or whether you agree or disagree with them—it’s about obeying God’s Word and honoring your parents by your attitude and actions.

Let us strive to obey the Lord by completely and joyfully submitting and obeying our parents!