“Hear, O Sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.”
– Proverbs 4.1-2
Sometimes it’s a struggle to get our children to follow instructions. Part of the problem is that they don’t see the instructions as good or best for them. They view them as restrictive or unhelpful to their situation. However, because of their limited experience and perspective, they don’t have the same knowledge and wisdom that their parents do; their parents know better simply because they’ve been around longer.
We face the same struggle with the instructions that we get from God. Sometime we don’t understand why God is telling us to do something, or we feel like he is being overly restrictive or limiting. We can’t always see the wisdom behind what God has commanded simply because we don’t have the knowledge and wisdom of God. He is the eternal one, having been from before the beginning, and he alone has all knowledge and wisdom; even though we don’t like to admit it, God knows more than we do. If anyone knows the right thing to do, certainly God does.
There is an even better reason to listen to God: his commandments are for our good always! God doesn’t give commandments and precepts just to see if we’re willing to do them. He doesn’t make up new rules just to see how we’ll react. All of the precepts that are written for us in the word of God are there because they’re good for us. All of the things that God restricts or permits are done so because those are the best things for us. Not only is God infinitely wise and knowledgeable, but he uses that wisdom and knowledge to provide us with what is best!
There is no one like God in wisdom and understanding; there is no one like God in his great love for us. When we realize these two important facts, that God is the wisest and wants only the best for us because of his great love, then surely there is no reason why we wouldn’t want to listen to his commandments.
Prayer: Father, please help me to remember your great wisdom and understanding and the limited experience I have compared to you. Please help me to remember your great grace and mercy, given without measure. Please help me to remember that you do everything for the good of your people and, even when we don’t understand why or how, that your commandments are for our good always. Please help me to humbly submit my life to you and to be accepting of your judgments in all things. Amen.