It was an exhausting day in the discipline department. Obedience was at an all-time low, especially with my 4 and 2 year olds. It was one of those days where you wonder if they know what it means to obey, let alone speak the same language.
I decided to feed these rogue children in spite of themselves. I’m nice like that. : ) As I was making dinner, my 4 year old was watching and asking questions about cooking. This opened up an analogy that I have never thought of before.
As a side note, I have been reading in James this week. Chapter 1, verse 5 says this, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” So I have been trying to ask God for wisdom everyday. I mean, if God’s Word is true (which it is), then if I ask for wisdom from God, I will receive it. No rebuking or questions asked. God’s wisdom is in abundant supply – I just need to ask for it.
So God gets the credit for this illustration, because I would never have come up with it on my own!
I explained to Meredith that I need to follow a recipe for my food to taste good and turn out the way it is supposed to. If I put in too much flour, it will be dry. If I put in too much salt, it would be unhealthy and taste bad. As long as I stick to the recipe, everything will be as it should… delicious.
Same with my children…. and us as well. I told Mere that when we obey, we are following the recipe God gives us for our lives. When He says, “Children obey your parents”, He gives us part of the recipe for a good life. (I did say “yummy” to Meredith…. she got the point) When we do not follow the recipe God gives us, things do not go well. I am reminded of Ephesian 6:1-3 which says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” God promises that when children obey and honor their parents, things will go well.
If my children put too much lip in the recipe of obedience, things will not turn out as they should. If they skip a step or leave out part of the recipe, the end product will be no good. BUT if they do just as the recipe says, the result will be just what they wanted. So obedience isn’t just for the mom and dad, but it is for the child’s benefit too!
Adults need this lesson as well as children. If we follow God’s recipes in the Recipe Book of life – the Bible- our lives will be just as God desires them to be. As an added bonus, we will get to enjoy the recipe because our lives will be well lived, just as we want them to be. So now I need to go follow the recipe, and encourage my little ones to do the same!