Judges 8: Submitting to God in a Position of Power
Posted by Zak Schmoll
The Israel that Gideon envisions in Judges chapter 8 would have been in theory a very interesting and well-run place.
Jdg 8:22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
Jdg 8:23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
I feel like if anyone in any position of power was to take this approach, it would help keep everything in perspective. I’m not talking just about government here, but I think this passage applies to managers at work or really anyplace in life where someone has a position of power.
Managers need to understand that they are not the top-of-the-line. There is someone far above any human office, and imagine the change if people recognized that God was truly in charge.
The judges of Israel certainly had power, and they were on earth to help lead the people. However, like Gideon is implying here, they were accountable to “the next level of management.”
This sentiment was echoed in the New Testament as well.
Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
I think that we can put these two verses together. If you are in a position of power, then do your job like you are doing it for God. If you are doing a job for God, you will submit to Him and allow Him to rule over you. If God is ruling over the ruler in an earthly sense, then it is like God is ruling over the people.
I’m not trying to imply any type of “divine right to rule” or anything like that, but I am trying to say that, like Gideon said, if you happen to be in some type of authority positions, remember that God is truly over you, and you need to work hard in that position to bring honor to God.