Having children has given me a deeper understanding of why God asks us to be obedient. We want our children to obey rules so they don’t get hurt or so they can succeed because we can usually see the bigger picture for them. And LIGHTBULB!! That is exactly how God feels about us! Understanding God’s commandments for ourselves helps us to refine our own standards and rules, as well as how we teach our own children those standards and rules. One of our new writers, Zach Horton (who just so happens to be my husband!), is explaining a little more about this today: How our our own obedience can help us better teach our children the principles we want them to learn.
When your child asks you that question, how do you usually respond? Have you ever used the popular, “Because”? Or maybe the much more explanatory, “Because I said so”? Maybe you prefer, “Just do it” or even, “Stop asking questions and just do it.” And yet, as illogical and emotional and erratic as children sometimes are, they have a point. Why should they obey?