In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 23, 2008 - Obedience: The Learning Process - Ephesians 6:1-6
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
God wants us to obey so He can guide us to fulfill a divine plan and purpose for our lives. But submission to His will doesn’t come naturally.
To instruct us in obedience, the Lord requires we comply with earthly authority. Exodus chapter 20:12 says a child is to honor and obey his parents. God planned our early experiences of authority and obedience. This time would involve those who love us and care about our best interest. But, people are born with rebellion in their spirit. Toddlers often willfully defy warnings not to touch forbidden items. But as a child grows, a lesson’s learned from his parent’s repeated warnings and discipline. A child mastering rebellion leads to greater privilege and a solid relationship with Mom and Dad.
As he matures, a child encounters other authority figures like teachers, police officers, and coaches. Then when a young adult takes a job, the command from Ephesians chapter 6:5 says to submit to one’s employer becomes relevant.
Romans 13:1 states God places authority figures in our life. Since these men and women are human, they’ll make mistakes and sometimes treat us unfairly. But they’re still His instruments.
Whether or not we approve of the way we are ruled, our parents, employers, and other authorities teach us that obedience has value. Disobedience has consequences. We already understand the basic principles of submission when it’s time to decide about yielding our will to God. He’s a perfect Father, who desires only the best for His children.
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