Friday, September 26, 2014

Because I said so

When I was a little kid, I was very curious and asked a ton of questions.  My grandpa called me "Worry-wart" because I worried him with my dozens of questions.

Often, my parents would tell me to do something.  Of course, I responded with, "Why?" "Because I said so," became their mantra. They felt I didn't need to know the reason, I should just be obedient and do it.  

The heart of the matter was this: did I trust my parent to do the right thing for me?  They were older, wiser and wanted the best thing for me.  I should just obey unquestioningly.

Don't you think God feels the same way as parents do? He wants us to first trust Him and then immediately obey. Putting off obeying is the same thing as disobedience, by the way.

Those of us who have given our lives to Christ can obey without reservation because He has shown us His unending love by dying for us on the cross.  We can trust in His power by His rising from the dead.  Instead of Him saying, "Because I said so," He proved His authority.

One of the greatest "because" statements He ever said was this:

"Because I live, you will live also." John 14:19

Once you know that deep in your spirit, you don't really have to question.

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Did your parents ever tell you, "Because I said so?" Your words are important, so please leave a comment and share.


Anonymous said...

My parents didn't have that grasp of the English language to ever use that phrase. It wasn't a phrase I was in the habit of using with our kids either although I inferred they needed to do what I told them to do...
Obedience is a good thing...

betty said...

I loved that scripture you quoted here. It does pretty much sum up it all to put our trust in him and to obey because we want to obey him who gave it all for us.


Betsy said...

My mom did say that, a lot. Makes me miss her more just reading it. Loved your post today!