Given to Change
“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change; for their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both” (Proverbs 24:21-22).
We must respect those in authority, even if we don’t always agree with them. Scripture demands it! God first and above all; then also men in the place of God-given authority such as parents, school teachers, police, governors, presidents and magistrates. God’s Word exhorts us to be subject to the powers that be. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1).
But there are more and more people who rebel against authority. They are “given to change.” They are always seeking to overthrow order and authority. They demonstrate, sign petitions, and criticize school officials. They want “their rights.” Anarchists, political extremists, and revolutionists, are all “given to change.” Stay away from them. They and their followers will come to ruin suddenly.
“Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake” (Romans 13:5).