Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons--Because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High.
God intends children to submit to their parents, wives to their husbands, and husbands to their God. God intends students to submit to their teachers, citizens to their governments, and nations to their God. But in America, few people submit. Therein, we become rebels without a cause.
Because our Cause is Christ. Without submission to Him and the circumstances He allows, we are without Him--without His guidance, protection and favor. It's like standing on the outside of a beautiful gate we didn't know we left.
Because our culture screams 'Come on down!' But just a few steps toward rebellion can become a muddy slide. Before we know it, we've slipped beyond the borders of God's Kingdom.
Because God's way is up. It is straight. It is a narrow path walked only by followers. Rebels don't like to follow.
The rebel rouser is Satan: 'If you don't get what you want and get it fast, protest!' Babies do it instinctively. Kids do it reactively. Teens do it secretly. Adults do it openly.
The leaders of Satan's pack are celebrities. They ride the motorcycles of film, fashion, music and theater. Their emblem is a star, but it's turned upside down. Their territory is media, and it covers the earth.
Nevertheless and all the more, 'The Lord reigns' (1 Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 97:1, Psalm 99:1).
He's calling His Stars to stand right side up: head high and feet on The Rock--to show the world a better way. It's the way of submission. It's the way of the cross. Sooner or later, everyone must face it. We're wise to face it as a friend. How?
'Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me' ' (Matthew 16:24).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rebels Without A Cause series.