There was a time in my life that I was struggling to respect someone in a position of authority above me. My disdain for this person was growing daily. I was struggling to not only find anything good to say about this person but to this person. My attitude was beginning to show to those around me in how I treated this person.
This is when God brought me to the lesson of David and Saul. David had been chosen by God to be king. So he knew he was God’s man for the job. Saul was not a good king anymore. David had every cultural right and expectation to overthrow Saul and take what was, according to God, rightfully his. But he did not do this? Why? Because David honored God so much that it caused him to extend that honor to the man that God had originally placed in the kingship.
David had a couple of opportunities to kill Saul and he did not take them. These would have easily been justified as self defense because Saul was hunting David. On one of these instances David tore off a corner of Saul’s cloak to prove how close he was. But then he was convicted.
Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of The Lord.
1 Samuel 24:5-6
How does David continue to speak well of Saul? By remembering that Saul is the Lord’s anointed.
There is so much more to this story than what I have simply stated above. But for today, I just want to make this point. When you are in a place of needing to honor and respect someone that you find difficult to honor and respect, remember that God has placed them in your life for a reason. Honor and respect them for the Lord’s sake, not theirs. David did this and God blessed him abundantly for it.
…those who honor Me I will honor…
1 Samuel 2:30b
Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.
Known At The Gates