Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Doing Family God’s Way, Part 14 — Ephesians 6:1-3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #38)

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” –Eph. 6:1

Albert Barnes said, “The God of nature indicates that obedience is the duty of children. He has impressed it on the minds of all in every age; and the Author of revelation confirms it. It is particularly important because the good order of a family, and hence of the community, depends on it. No community or family will be prosperous if there is not due subordination in the household.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Today God is bypassing men—not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!”

One of the questions a child asks often is “Why?” ‘Why is that the case?’ ‘Why is this the way it is?’ Some might ask, ‘Why should I obey my parents?’ Paul’s answer is simply, ‘Because this is right.’ In other words, this is the proper way in which things should be done.

The obedience of the children to the parents is right because it is the order of nature as set up by God. Parents gave birth to the children, thus they have a position of authority over them. Parents are older, wiser, and more experienced. They know more than their children and are qualified to be in the leadership position in the home.

The fact that obedience is called “right” or “righteous” indicates that it is something ordained by God. The Most Righteous One has declared that this is a behavior that is in line with His will. That this behavior is considered to be right also bolsters the order which God has ordained for the home. Some parents think that if they give in to their children’s every demand — essentially obeying their children — they will have peace in the home and their children will be happy. This will not work at all. God did not call parents to make their children happy. If the children rule over the parents, there will be anarchy and chaos in the home simply because the home is not aligned with the divine order. And God is displeased when a family is out of order and chaotic.