It is easy to spot rebellion in a toddler. As soon as you ask them to do something, they respond with No! While it is healthy for a toddler to go through this stage, it is a process of maturation to grow out of this stage. Older children and adults should be able to recognize that rules and laws were put into place to protect us. However, there is something inside that just nags at some of us and wants to do things the way we think is right.
Older children and adults with a problem of rebellion may get in trouble at school, get fired from work, have difficulty in relationships, receive lots of tickets or even end up in jail. There is a time to plead for justice, such as when the rules are laws are in contrast to God’s Word. However, Christians should learn to obey authority in most circumstances because it will discipline us to obey God.
We need to take our obedience to God very seriously because 1 Samuel 15:23 tells us rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft or divination. When we rebel as a matter of habit, we are falling deeper into sin. Sin takes us farther from God. In order to stop the cycle of rebellion, we must confess and ask God’s help. Let’s pray together. “Heavenly Father, I am guilty of rebellion. Forgive me for it. Give me an obedient heart so I can serve You as You deserve. You love me and care about me and feel grieved when I turn from You, and I only want You to be pleased with me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.