Caleb and I just had a talk, in the bathroom at that, about the importance of listening and obeying. He really wanted a red clip, and I challenged him to say to me, “I will listen to you and obey you daddy.” At first he did not want to; but, then he asked for help – “Will you help me say it daddy?” I told him he could do it, and asked him if it was that his heart did not want to do it. He said yes. Then, I realized that I often ask God for help to carry out what I know is obedience when I am challenged with wanting to in my heart. So, I helped guide Caleb through the words. He asked me to hold him as I helped him talk through, “I will listen and obey you, daddy.”
Sometimes I need God to hold me and talk me through my obedience. Here, I thought I was teaching Caleb the importance of listening to and obeying daddy. But, the real lesson is for me to listen and be obedient to my Daddy with a capital D for Father God (YHVH).
Reference – check out http://concordances.org/ephesians/6-2.htm.