“Because I said so!”
How many of us heard this growing up? I know I did! It was often the last line of reasoning from my parents when I asked the “why” questions. There wasn’t any point in arguing back on my end because my parents’ authority in their decision trumped my objections. In some of those instances, a more detailed explanation of their point of view may have been helpful, but mostly, I was trying to be sneaky in getting out of something they had asked me to do. No surprise, they saw right through my excuses as they taught me about work ethic and responsibility. “Because I said so” was the final decision and I’d act accordingly.
Today, I want to ask us to examine if we apply this same acceptance and obedience when God speaks. If we submitted under our parents’ authority, how much more so should we trust and believe our good and perfect Heavenly Father’s words to us? Because He said so, the world and all the universe was created. Because He said so, you were brought into this world to be light and salt. Because He said so, you were worth every drop of blood poured out on the cross. Because He said so, you are His joy. Because He said so, He is preparing a place for you even now. Because He said so, you have life abundantly in Jesus this side of heaven. Because He said so, you are free to be the amazing person He has called you to be, with hope running through your veins and peace surpassing anything the world can understand.
Beloved, let us trust His authority in what He has said and walk accordingly. Exchange any doubt about His words to you for full assurance of faith. Keep pressing in until His “because I said so” becomes what you truly believe about Him and what He says about you!