Monday, April 9, 2012

Proverbs 20:2

The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

Solomon knew exactly what he meant when he spoke this proverb; and keeping in mind that these are proverbs, not promises, we could just move on from right here and say that this verse does not apply to us. I am fairly sure that none of us will stand before an earthly king; and if we somehow find ourselves standing before a king (or President) then I doubt that we will provoke him to anger. (Although I am sure that given the chance we would like to say a thing or two to the President.)

In all seriousness now, we are all to be submissive to those in authority over us. I think today's verse can be applied to that. I know that whether in job situations or here at home, when I have disagreed with one in authority over me, it is my job first to obey. And if I really felt like I needed to discuss my opinion with that person, then tactfully and humbly sure did get me farther than angrily with a finger pointing in the face. 

Please flip over and read Romans 13:1-7 before closing your Bible today. This passage is such a good reminder about our authorities and why we need to pray for them. 



Cathy said...

The picture adds some comic relief to a quite serious subject. I know we are to be in submission to the governments and their officers, but often forget that we are also to be in submission to those over us at our work places. Thank you for the reminder, during a time when I am often feeling quite rebellious at work.

Snoodles said...

Sometimes it's difficult to pray for those in authority, isn't it? Or am I the only one who has trouble with that? I have to go back to the Bible sometimes and get things straight, before I can get to my prayers....

Belinda said...

I've always been one to try and do whatever was expected of me at work, and not be disrespectful of those over me. Once, I failed miserably and I have a hard time not feeling bad about it, even after all these years. Instead of being calm and soft spoken while being reprimanded, I became defensive and verbally combative. I blew up and quit on the spot. If I'd reacted better, esteeming my boss, I'd have lasted longer. I might not have stayed, as she was one not easy to work for, but I wouldn't have left with such hard feelings. So, I'd have to say that this command is for both sides of the issue.
Great post Tonya!