What causes people to rebel against God-given authority; A man against God, a child against the parent, a wife against the husband, a church member against his pastor, etc. This verse provides one reason: fear.
“Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
Israel rebelled against God because they feared the people.
Fear is a catalyst for rebellion. A wife can rebel against her husband if she fears that he is not to be trusted. Maybe she has seen some disturbing messages on his phone from another woman.
A child can rebel against his parents if he fears his future looks bleak because they cannot provide and care for him.
A member can rebel against his pastor if he fears he has bad intentions towards him.
Fear is an invisible hand that can cause people to rebel.
Israel rebelled because they feared God will not be able to protect them.
How do you overcome rebellion? By overcoming fear!
There is a type of unhealthy fear that can cause you to live in rebellion. Your ability to discern the type of fear that is influencing you is important for overcoming rebellion. Trust in God!