My perspective on submission has grown as I have come to understand something of God’s purpose for authority. God intended that authority should be a means of providing spiritual covering and protection.
When you tell your two-year old child he may not walk across the busy street outside your house by himself,you are not being tyrannical or cruel; you know there are “cruel” cars on that busy street and you are acting in your child’s best interests. You are using your authority to protect your child(though he may be oblivious to his need for protection).
When we place ourselves under the spiritual covering of the authorities God has placed in our lives,God protects us. On the other hand,when we insist on having it our way and stepping out from under that covering and protection, we open ourselves up to the influence and attack of the enemy.
I have discovered that the fundamental issue in relation to submission really comes down to my willingness to trust God and to place myself under His authority. When I’m willing to obey Him,I find it is not nearly so difficult or threatening to submit to the human authorities He has placed in my life.
Our willingness to place ourselves under God-ordained authority is the greatest evidence of how big we believe God is.
The truth is that a higher authority controls every human authority.
Ultimately,no human being controls our lives; submission places us in a position of being covered and protected by our wise,loving,all-powerful Father who controls the “heart of the king.”