The Law and Grace. Day sixty-three...
“That is simply not appropriate behavior for someone in my position!”
Such is the response of a man or woman of integrity when his or her leadership role is confronted with compromise.
Whether a chief of police, a school teacher, a day‐care administrator, a city councilman, or any other person in a position of responsibility over others—the position should dictate the behavior. We want those who have authority over us to treat us according to the position they hold, rather than according to their personal opinions or their feelings at the moment.
Most of us have been in situations where others were counting on us to do the right thing. And surely you remember those situations when your opinions and your feelings were contrary to the responsibilities of your position.
Hopefully, you and I have, for the most part, acted according to our position.
But whenever we haven't, it's because we temporarily lost sight of where we were supposed to be—and stepped out of our proper position.
Whenever we are out of position we are vulnerable to thoughts and behavior that are not in line with our position.
God has been dealing with me about my position in relationship to Him for some time now. And the encounter I mentioned yesterday was another significant reminder to me.
When we are out of position we are vulnerable to events that we are not vulnerable to when we are in our proper position.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:1–11 NKJV)
Under God's wings (described by the psalmist as God's presence) God's truth forms a shield around us, protecting us from lies. But when we are out of position, we have no shield to stand between us and the lies of the devil. All we have standing between us and the lies are our personal opinions and feelings. And my personal opinions and feelings have sold me out many times.
Under God's wings, the degradation and corruption affects us only as an observer—as if we are watching events through bullet‐proof glass. But if we step out of position, it's as if we walk through the battlefield with no protection other than our opinions and our feelings—and sooner or later we will get hit.
If you have believed that following your personal opinions and your personal feelings will get you into your proper position, please consider the words of the psalmist.
Your opinions and your feelings will certainly position you—but not where you want to be.
First, we must assume the proper position. And the proper opinions and feelings will result from our proper position in relationship to the Lord.
Have a good day,