“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” Ephesians 6:1
By: Jennifer Mullen
Lately I have felt like a broken record. The two things I hear myself saying over and over to my kids are “Obey right away” and “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” (I know…I know “get” and “fit” don’t rhyme…unless you live in the South!)
As I was saying, I catch myself saying these two phrases over and over! In a moment of frustration I angrily poured out my heart to the Father. “Why don’t they get it? Why don’t they ever pay attention to me? Why are they so ungrateful?” And then the still, small voice began to whisper His truths to me.
“Jennifer, what are you modeling to your children? Do you obey right away? Do you always listen to me when I am correcting and directing you? When you pray for my best in your life and I give it to you, do you throw a fit when it isn’t how you would have me answer?”
Yeah…I have never been the best at obedience. It is so hard to lay down my own desires to submit to the will of another. I completely acknowledge that that is the reason God has blessed me with a strong-willed child. I really needed a mirror! And the truth is I do throw fits. Big ones. When things don’t work out, I call my friends and unload. I call my mom to rehash the entire situation. I make my husband listen to the gruesome details. Basically to anyone who will at least pretend to listen, I will plead my case.
Lately, through my own children, I have realized how childish I can be. Just as I have my children’s best interest at the heart of each decision, so does God. He wants me to obey for my own good. He gives me what I need…not always what I want. As my kids get older, I see glimpses of maturity. They are starting to understand that my mission is not to make their lives miserable. Same with the Father.
I need to take Him at His word: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
If you can relate, I challenge you to confide in the Father right now. Seek out His promises in His word, claim them as His best for you, and then TRUST that He is faithful.