Submitting, humbling, and casting

Many times in life we will find ourselves under bad leadership, or what we think is bad leadership. The Bible gives us direct instruction on how we should react to our authority whether it is good or bad.

In 1 Peter 5:5, God gives instruction to the younger people in the church to submit to the older people in the church. The next verse says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" God simply says that a person should act with humility. So if your authority is good: be humble! If your authority is bad: be humble! No matter how good your authority is, you should submit and be humble about it.

Well you might say, "They are doing everything wrong!" Or you might give some reason why they are not qualified for the position they are in. Whenever we have someone in authority we do not agree with, we have concerns. God tells us to humble ourselves. That means realize that we might be wrong. But there’s more, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." You see, as we submit to authority, and as we humble ourselves under the hand of God, we are to cast our cares upon Him!

Is there someone in your life that you think shouldn’t be an authority? Do you find yourself questioning their decisions? I would like to challenge you, submit to the God who put them there, humble yourself, and cast your cares upon God. Whatever concerns you have about their "bad" leadership, bring to God. He cares for you. He wants you to succeed. He is in control. All we have to do is submit and cast all our cares upon Him. When we humble ourselves, we will be in a right relationship with God. He even promises to exalt us when the time is right!

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." – James 4:10

Further reading: Romans 13:1-7

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