Respecting the Position

But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him, for who can lift a hand against the Lord’s anointed and be blameless?” 1 Samuel 26:9 HCSB

There are political leaders with whom I do not agree and do not support. Some have abused their positions and power; others have made very poor decisions that have hurt people more than they have helped. Some have been dishonest and even taken advantage of others. I do not respect their leadership abilities, but the Lord has allowed them to be in positions of power and authority, so I must respect the positions they hold.

Saul was king and the anointed one of the Lord. David respected the position he held and even though he had the opportunity, he would not lift a finger to harm him. He would leave Saul’s fate in God’s hands. David knew that he would someday be the king because Samuel had anointed him, but it would be God who would remove Saul and make David the king.

Challenge: Even if you do not agree with elected officials, respect the positions they hold. Pray for them and ask God to give them wisdom as they make decisions that impact many people. Believers are instructed to submit to authority (see Romans 13:1-5 and 1 Timothy 2:1-4).

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