the day to acknowledge that Father Knows Best.
“Who is this that questions My wisdom with such ignorant words?” Job 38:2 NLT
Some of us are old enough to remember an old television show called “Father Knows Best.” While the head of that TV family might not have always known what was best for all concerned, the Father of us all certainly does!
It is relatively easy to obey God when we agree with Him. How many of us have found it harder to obey when the issue at hand involves denying ourselves something that we have enjoyed for many years? How many of us have indulged in habits or behaviors that we have told ourselves “Don’t hurt anyone,” or “Don’t bother anyone,” or “Doesn’t hurt anyone but myself.”?
These situations are more likely to be encountered in those of us who have only recently come to the Lord or who have lived lives outside the teachings of our youth for many years. The saying “Old Habits Die Hard” is very true for many of us, and in our struggle to maintain a tenuous grip on some of our “old habits”, we might make the mistake of trying to justify what we are doing or fool ourselves that what we are doing is alright with God because we are such good people in all other respects.
We are kidding ourselves, because we certainly are not kidding God. If we think we know better, or we feel that it is acceptable to question God, we might want to think back to when God confronted Job with, “Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.” (Job 38:3 NLT).
That is not a position we should want to put ourselves in, for as Job found out, there is absolutely no way that we can prove to the One who created us that we know what is best.
Some of us may think, “Well my only vice is pornography and they are just pictures and I am not hurting anyone.” And yet, how many who think this way are married, have children, and have responsibilities that should not include taking time away from our families and responsibilities to look at pictures that should not have been taken in the first place?
The truth is that anything we could possibly do under the banner of “It doesn’t hurt anyone” actually does. It hurts our lives because time spent in sinful pursuits could be better spent praying, reading the Word of God, or helping someone less fortunate than ourselves; it hurts our families because it takes away time from them and sets a bad example; and it hurts God, because He knows what is best for us.
We may be the mothers and fathers of our children, but God is our Father, and Father Knows Best.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson