“I demand an answer, and an honest one at that!” I remember saying those words to my son on at least one occasion. And, there were other times that he heard something similar from me. As a parent we have an awesome responsibility to raise up our children so that they become decent, caring individuals who contribute positively to society. And, if we are Christian, we also want our children to have reverence for, and a deep faith in, God. While children need a great deal of love, affection, and reassurance they also need to have discipline. Whether or not they like it, discipline is necessary to mold a child’s character. I contend that a child without discipline becomes a self-centered narcissistic adult who truly believes that the world revolves around them.
And, there were also times that my son would “demand” that I provide him with satisfactory information when he wanted to do something that he very well knew was not allowed. Sometimes, no really, often he would push the limits of my patience with his attitudes. While there were plenty of times that he indeed got my rationale as to why whatever it was that he wanted to do was wrong, there were other times when I simply did not need to give him any justification. I never came right out and said those words that my mother used to say “because I said so.” But, I was the parent, he was the child, and it was his place to obey, whether he liked it or not.
We’ve all lived through situations that we have not liked, and have been disciplined many upon many of times. I learned early on that if I did something wrong more than likely I would get caught. So, those instances of doing what was not allowed became fewer and fewer the older I got. I didn’t like being disciplined, it’s not really a pleasant experience for me, so I will avoid doing the wrong thing if at all possible. However since we are all human, we will make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes will lead to discipline to enhance our learning.
God gives us wisdom and guidance that can help us along our way. But, we must remember that God is sovereign, and He doesn’t answer to us. He doesn’t have to answer to us. Yes, His Word grants us a view into His ways, and leads us into the right learning and understanding. God promises that He will make a way for us to wade through whatever it is that we face. And, when necessary, just like a good parent, God will discipline us so that we can grow to become a better reflection of our Lord, Jesus.
God is training us up in the way that we should go – His way. His way is pure life.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)