“There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth, the needy from among mankind.” Proverbs 30:11-14
Have you noticed how some young people’s lives always seem to be such big messes? If it’s not trouble with their parents, it’s trouble with teachers, police, bosses, friends, and so on. Often these folks will blame everyone for the unfairness of it all, but are reluctant to look at the real source of their troubles. The first commandment that is a promise is the fifth, which holds a simple yet profound truth: If you obey your parents [and in other Scriptures, all the authorities over you], it will go well with you and you will live long…” (Ephesians 6:1-3) The Bible tells us that honoring people in positions of authority is a requirement for us, and that doing it comes with blessings. As with all of God’s commandments, the opposite is also true. For this commandment, people who dishonor authorities are cursed, and their lives will be anything but pleasant and worry free. In the end, honoring others is a great way of taking care of one’s self!
“The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.” Proverbs 30:17