This past week we were getting ready to go out and had laid clothes out for Ayden and Jaxon. Later I observed Jaxon running around the house wearing shorts rather than the jeans that we had laid out. I explained to Jaxon that he needed to wear jeans because it was cold outside. Jaxon disagreed and said that HE NEEDED to wear his shorts. Instead of arguing with a 4-year-old, I decided to show him that we knew what was best for him. I told him to come with me outside. As we went out the front door and beyond the porch, a frigid wind blew, and Jaxon came to the quick conclusion that jeans were a much better choice. Jaxon quickly went inside and changed into the jeans prepared for him.
I began thinking how often we are just like this. We think we know what we need and although adamant at times, we come to learn that such is not what we needed at all, rather it was what we WANTED that proved to be a bad choice on our part.
Our Heavenly Father has instructed us of the clothes that we need to remove and the clothes we need to put on. Paul’s words to the Ephesian brethren came to mind: “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:17-24).
I was aware of what misery that the cold frigid air would bring to Jaxon, yet he was adamant about his choice of clothing. The cold air and the other inclement weather conditions (i.e. rain) that was forecasted for the day could have brought physical sickness. The Lord knows what the our choice in clothes will bring to us by choosing to live and walk around in them. They will bring forth spiritual dis-ease and eventually spiritual death (cf. Rom. 3:23; 6:23).
God in His infinite wisdom sought to provide us, His children, with clothing that will protect us from the inclement conditions of a sinful world through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (cf. John 3:16,17; Rom. 5:6-8). Consider what the prophet Isaiah said: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bridegroom adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).
It is quite interesting that Jaxon concluded that his father knew best and decided on his own that what he thought he needed was the wrong choice. We must come to our own conclusion today as well, as the Proverb writer stated: “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death” (Prov. 14:12). Jeremiah 10:23 records: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
To close this article of thought, notice what the Proverb writer told his own son in Proverbs 3:1-8: “My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”
In this passage we find a father who cares for his son and only wants what is best for him. I can certainly appreciate this scripture as I can relate as a father who only wants what is best for my son. How can I know what is best spiritually? By first seeking out my Heavenly Father’s instruction as He wants only what is best for me. Not only seeking out His instruction but applying His words of instruction to my heart in obedience. For there’s a reason as Solomon gave his son: it will bring vitality to our lives, specifically spiritual vitality. When we do what is good and right in the sight of our Father, rather than what we think we need or want, then we will find “favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man” (Prov. 3:4; cf. Luke 2:52; Heb. 5:8,9).
I’ve told the kids many times, “trust me, I know what’s best.” I can see by the look in their eyes that, at first, they really don’t trust the advice and instruction I’ve given, but in time they come to acknowledge that I as their father knew what was best for them. May we heed the words that God our Father knows what’s best. He has the very clothes of salvation and righteousness awaiting us to don, if we will trust and obey His will rather than our own (cf. Isa. 61:10; Rev. 22:17; Psalm 2:12). Warm peace it will bring to you in the midst of a cold dark world. Trust Him with all your heart, don’t lean on your own understanding, for He certainly knows best.
Something to think about. Have a great week! – DJ 🙂