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Respect for Authority

He said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord." 1 Samuel 24:16

The day finally came. David could have taken Saul's life and assumed his rightful place as king of Israel. Instead, David cut off a corner of Saul's robe in the darkness of the cave. This simple act brought great conviction to David. How could he show such disrespect to God's anointed?

Wait! David was God's anointed! HE was God's chosen king! Saul had blown it. The kingdom was no longer his to pass to his sons. Yet David chose to respect Saul, not for the man he had become, but for the man God had intended him to be.

For most of my life, people have compared me to David. He was a sensitive, creative, deep-thinking musician. No matter how much I want to appear humble, I really like the comparison. Who wouldn't want to be likened to "a man after God's own heart." But the truth is: I am not as much like David as I would like to be. If I had been given the opportunity to rise above those who had been trying to harm me, could I have exhibited such self-control? Do I display respect for others, not for who they have become but for the people God intended them to be?

The humility I oftentimes wear is a false one. One of my greatest struggles in life has been respect for authority. I don't do well when I am mistreated - or perceive myself to be. The man underneath is prideful and arrogant. Sometimes I feel God has given me many gifts, and others need to simply recognize it. Are these the thoughts of a humble man?

Lord, I know how You sometimes work. You have taught me patience by making me wait. (If only I could remember that lesson more often.) I fear that You will teach me humility by humiliating me. Should I be humiliated? Probably so. I have done little to earn respect in life - especially when I consider the things committed in my heart. So I am afraid to ask. Make me a humble man, but please don't humiliate me. I've done enough of that to myself. Make me a man after Your own heart.

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