June 20: Authority and Accountability

Read Genesis 9:1-17

While serving as part of a church planting ministry in Germany, we were thrilled to have family members and friends from the States come to visit.  During one such visit, we traveled with loved ones a few hours across the border to the Austrian Alps.  Shortly after our arrival, Celeste looked to the mountain peaks to discover a double rainbow in the sky.  This served as a unique and meaningful reminder of God’s faithful care for us.

Now, years later, that is my only memory of the evening.  Although I am sure that there were many other meaningful encounters and conversations with our loved ones, they are all now blurred by the rainbows.

As you read through Genesis 9, that same thing can happen.  You could possibly so focus on the God’s promise extended through the rainbow that you miss out on:

  1. God’s renewed commission to man to multiply and fill the earth (v. 1).
  2. God’s permission given to man to move from an exclusively vegetarian diet (v. 3).
  3. God’s establishment of the earliest form of government (vv. 5, 6).

God, through this earliest form of government, allowed people to punish those who had committed murder.  Man was accountable to his fellow mankind.  Since that time, God has given and government authorities have assumed responsibility for caring for the welfare of others.

Still today, we are accountable to government authorities, representatives, and laws.  Do you gladly yield to that accountability?  For some, reluctant rebellion seems to be the rule of the day rather than glad submission.  Opinions are strong and emotions run high about national, state, and local leadership.  Meanwhile, the word of God instructs us to submit to those authorities, recognizing that they have been established by God (Rom. 13:1).  Instead of sowing seeds of unrest, we are to experience peace by praying for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-7).

I wonder; do we need to pause today to do a quick heart check?  Do we need to examine our willingness to gladly yield in accountability to those who have authority over us?

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