Devos for A Strange, New World – The Good in Submitting

Good day. Our lives are a lot different than they were a couple weeks ago. A main catalyst for this change is our government, who, working to slow COVID19, has mandated strict restrictions on gathering, traveling, and working. These mandates have affected your church, school, relationships, jobs, and free time. An important question arises – do Christians need to obey these mandates?

1 Peter 2:13 answers this, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution.” God says, “Yes, Christians obey their governments.” Now, your heart may wrestle with this. You may believe that the government shouldn’t interfere with your plans. You may believe that God has freed you from human rulers. You may be convinced you won’t get and/or spread the virus. Each of these ideas reveals your heart’s pride, foolishness, or selfishness. Thankfully, 1 Peter 2:13-17 teaches you the good that happens when you submit.

First and foremost, you honor God. God has installed governments to punish evil and reward the good. When you submit to the government, you honor God by trusting His good will. Second, you silence the fool. When you submit to the government you act wisely. Remember: God publicly rewards wisdom and punishes foolishness. Third, you lovingly serve others. This is obvious; by adhering you limit the risk of spreading COVID19 and you can find inventive ways to serve others.

One exception, Christians do not obey any authority over God. Christians ultimately submit to God, even if an authority demands otherwise.

What is your reaction to the government’s restrictions?

Are your reactions faithful to God or selfish? (How was Christ faithful to God when interacting with authorities?)

How can you serve and love others despite the restrictions?

How do you think all this relates to your relationship with your parents and with God?

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