Honor and Respect Authorities

Hi guys, just in case you didn’t know, I came to study in the Bible College of Wales, late February this year (2020). Yes, the college is officially closed now, due to the COVID-19 situation.

God has been speaking to me lately about this topic and I thought to share it with you guys too. God takes great pleasure in the smallest things we honor him.

Communal living isn’t something new to most Singaporean guys as we have done two years National Service. So, when I came to the college it was normal, in fact all the more, exciting, as I got to meet people from around the world. Weeks into it, bonds were forged and brothers and sisters were found. Sounds just like a really big family living together happily.

Then, COVID-19 came hard and hit all the nations, closing down places and bringing in social distancing measures.

Being a pretty sociable person (“The Protagonist” (ENFJ-A)), it became quite awkward for me not to throw a hug or a fist or a chest bump here and there and more importantly maintaining the distance of 2 meters. What more, I didn’t want to break a rule intentionally. That’s definitely not being what God wants me to be.    

This is where my story begins. Before the actual enforcement kicked in, God told me during a prayer time, there is going to be a time of separation. I didn’t really understand the context of it then but now I do.

What does God want me to learn in this?

First, by telling me this was to come, He prepared me for it. He wanted me to learn how to communicate and maintain the relationship even though there may be distances or boundaries.

I know many of you share similar sentiments with me on this front. Why not take this chance to be a bit creative in how we can display our affections and communicate differently? We’ve got all the technologies in hand and if technology isn’t applicable in your settings, how about dumb charades? I’m sure you are much more creative than I am.  

Let me just digress a little for awhile because I think this is such an important God given opportunity for you to also reflect on your life.

Take this time to seek God. When we are too clouded with things in life we don’t get to spend time with ourselves. Yes, I mean it. You need time alone. Ask the hard questions. In times like this, where do you see yourself? What is your purpose in life? What’s the meaning of life? Have you achieved what God created you to be? Where is God in your life? What takes center stage in your life? Dwell on this long and see a breakthrough my beloved brothers and sisters.

Second, it is to respect the authorities and what they have put in place. It is so easy to say that when no one is looking I could just meet them and be casual about it. BUT God is everywhere and He is looking at every little thing we do. There are rules put in place because they matter, in this case, lives matter more than our convenience and preferences. So let’s be serious and intentional about the things we do.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist have been put in place by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists the ordinance of God. And those who have resisted it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For authorities are not a source of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation.”

Romans 13:1-3

This is not what I say, this is God’s Word, that we submit to the governing authorities. We are taught in the Bible to respond to authority with honor. In showing them honor and respect, we also honor and respect God. The Bible continues to say we should also pray for authorities. This could be challenging time for us but even more so for them.

So, could I urge you my dear brothers and sisters to really follow through what your governing authorities are putting in place? Pray for them and bless them, pray that God would give them wisdom in implementing effective solutions.

Lots of love and blessings

Jacob Isaac

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