Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obedience, part 1

We all have to choose at times to joyfully submit and obey our parents’ directions. Yet sometimes we don’t realize exactly how critically important this actually is. Do you know that even our first president, George Washington, had to choose whether to submit or follow his own wisdom? Consider this story…
It all occurred when George Washington was at the ripe age of 14. Friends aroused the interest in him to pursue military service, and George Washington was ready to hop on a ship. Although his reluctant mother was persuaded to allow George to join Navy, she later had apprehension. Willingly, George submitted to his mother’s authority and did not pursue his dream to be in the Navy. What a fantastic example of submitting to authority! Think about it… what if George Washington had joined the Navy, how would our history be different? But not only did Washington submit when he was 14, submission to authority was a principle that he maintained throughout his life!

God brings blessing when we obey our authority, even if we don’t like what they are doing or disagree. If George Washington had done his own thing and followed his dream, God would not have blessed him because he would have been ignoring his wise mother’s advice. He would have been rebelling against his mother’s authority, and I Samuel 15:23 states, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as the sin of idolatry.” Similarly, Proverbs 12:15 states that “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

So encourage your younger siblings to obey your parents with a happy heart. Remind yourself that you need to obey your parents in all things, joyfully! If we only obey half-heartedly, and do it angrily or with bitterness towards our parents or other authority, we are still not obeying to the full extent God desires. Proverbs 5:12-14 even says “You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin”. Many other Proverbs speak of how the wise son listens and obeys his father and mother. May God bless you as you obey your parents!

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
Deuteronomy 5:16

*Disclaimer: The only time when it is biblical to disobey your parents is if they are clearly asking you to sin!


Caleb said...

Wonderful!! This really re-encourages me in current situations. Wise counsel from not only parents, but also wisdom and advice from other elders/authorities is good to listen to and learn from.

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding
-Proverbs 5:1

Katie said...

I echo what Caleb said. It is very encouraging to read this during this particular time; when we are most needed to obey are parents authority. I am also amazed about George Washington. I am sure that God used that time to teach him how important it really is to respect and obey are parents authority and we should follow his example.

Allison said...

Caleb and Katie,
I'm glad that you were encouraged. I too was encouraged with George Washington's story. I was thinking about obedience and the story came to mind. Isn't it wonderful to have godly examples of the past to look to? Especially because our culture glorifies the "wisdom" of the youth.