The older you get, the more you realize how much our God-given time of grace on this earth is full of lessons on authority. It doesn’t take long for the lessons to begin either. As toddlers—babies even—we start to recognize that our two God-given authorities are just that—authorities—and the investigation begins. A slap on the high chair tray with one arm grabs the attention of whichever authority happens to be in the room. The other arm is already dangling the sippy cup over the edge—just waiting! They’re either going to say your name in a serious voice, or tell you “NO... Don’t drop it!” But either way, that’s your signal. Down goes the cup as you stare into their eyes and pick up one non-verbal cue after the other. Lesson learned.
You get a little older and start to push back in the classroom, you blow off your parents curfew, maybe even begin to rebel against those public authorities that drive around with blue and red lights on their cars. Lesson after lesson learned.
You get a little older still. You find YOURSELF on the other end of the investigating baby and the students who push back in the classroom. YOUR kids start to blow off the curfew YOU set. You learn that police officers are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of public authorities we answer to. More lessons learned.
We need those lessons on authority. They help us to better understand how the world around us works and teach us how to interact with people who have authority over us.
Life’s lessons on authority are helpful. But no matter how valuable life’s lessons on authority may be, they can’t teach us about God’s authority. We need a Bible for a lesson on that kind of authority.
Join us this Sunday as we take a dive into the Old Testament book of Daniel for a much needed lesson on God’s authority.
Blessings on your weekend!