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The “it” being “obedience,” why is this so hard?
If your a parent you know that getting a child to be obedient is your daily struggle. I have been having a hard time getting my 5 year old to listen to my words without a rebuttal or excuse for everything.
I can ask him to put a knife down and he wants to know why and he wants you to know what he’s trying to do with the knife. The point is not why he has a knife the point is I am mom and I asked you to put the knife down because as the mom I know it is in his best interest to be safe. Why is it so hard for him to do the right thing and put the knife down?
I think this is the biggest problem we as humans face and that is trust. Does my 5 year old trust that I want only his safety or do I have alternate motives to make his life horrible? I can say that I want nothing more then his safety at all times. However there are boundaries that he may not cross without consequence.
The knife is just a scenario but we did have a disagreement yesterday that made me think about his heart (and mine for that matter) and what is really going on when he challenges my authority.
Disbelief! It is my life mission to mean what I say when I speak to my children. I don’t want “white” lies in my home and I want my words to never be stained with evil ambition. I want my children to trust me, and believe that I want nothing more then their safety. Which made me think that if this is what I want in my sinfulness how much more does my Heavenly Father want me to know about safety? He asks me the same question, do you trust me? Do I as the daughter of the King of Kings trust that obeying Him and His will for my life is the best thing even when all my senses don’t want to agree with Him?
My head answer is yes, but sometimes He asks things that in my humanness seems wrong. At the core of that disobedience is unbelief. So it is no wonder my son has a hard time listening to me, I have a hard time listening to the authority over me too. I do not yet believe with my whole being that I can trust the promises of the Lord, and my son does not yet believe me.
I have not walked with the Lord long enough to have erected memorials for many of life’s struggles. My 5 year old has not lived long enough to know if I can be trusted. We will both learn I am confident of that and in the mean time; “my prayer Lord is that you will help me overcome my disbelief, and seal my sons heart with you.”