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Does Father Really Know Best?

“You’re grounded!” “Go to you room!” Many of us still cringe just reading these words. Although these words cause us momentary pain, it is not their intention. They were meant to infuse us with wisdom and discipline. Our parents wanted something good for us.

Parents’ God-given role is to provide their children with wisdom and instruction so they can become adults who follow Jesus. The role of children is to honor their mother and father. This is the first command in the Bible paired with a promise. Scripture says we are to honor our father and our mother so that things will go well for us in life (Ephesians 6:1-3). God does not just want something from us. God wants something for us.

We learn to be obedient to Jesus’s call on our lives by being obedient to our parents as children. Jesus calls us to be obedient to Him because He wants us to have life and have it to the full. In Proverbs 1:8-9, we see that our father’s instruction and our mother’s teaching are like a “graceful garland for our head” and a “pendant for our neck.” This was a symbol of honor and an appealing position in life.    

Many of us no longer live under our parents’ roof, and we may have children of our own, so honoring our parents looks much different now. Our parents are not telling us to clean our room, or what time we should get home, but we are still called to serve and honor them. To honor someone means to treat him or her with respect. We can honor our parents by reminding them we appreciate them, calling to see how they are doing and passing along to our children the wisdom they gave us.


  • What “wisdom and instruction” was instilled in you by your parents that you appreciate today? If your parents are still living, let them know that you appreciate them for these reasons.
  • If you are a child or a student, in what areas can you honor your parents more?
  • In what area is God calling you to obey Him that you have not?

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