“The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.” -Proverbs 23:24-25
Proverbs 9 verse 10 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
To live wisely is to live godly. To be godly only means living in accordance to what His Word says. And as children, especially when we are still living under their supervision, it is wise to obey our parents for that is the commandment of God.
Ephesians 6:1-2 is clear to say that, “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,for this is the right thing to do. Honor your father and mother…”
By our obedience to our parents we actually learn how to live wisely as citizens. It teaches us to honor and submit to whoever authority is assigned over us. We see a lot of lawbreakers today, young and old, and we wonder what went wrong with them. If we really try to figure out the root of the matter, majority of the reasons boil down to how they are in their family, how they behaved and treated the members of their family, especially their parents.
I personally know a young mother right now who’s having a hard time going through life because as a kid did not obey her parents. She regrets it so much now that she is also a parent.
While it is true that state of the nation reflect the state of the nation, it is also true that the character we have for our family also reflects the character we will have to our boss, teachers, government, mentors, and to whoever is placed over us.
Obedience gives us the right character. And if we don’t learn it right now, what will we pass to our children in the future.
Live wisely. Be obedient as a child. It is the right thing to do and it is the first commandment with a promise. Ephesians 6:2
Obedience by George MacDonald
Trust him in the common light;
Trust him in the awesome night;
Trust him when the earth doth quake:
Trust him when thy heart doth ache;
Trust him when thy brain doth reel
And thy friend turns on his heel;
Trust him when the way is rough,
Cry not yet, It is enough!
But obey with true endeavour,
Else the salt hath lost his savour.*