1 Samuel 14:27 “But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.”
Without knowing it, Jonathan had disobeyed his father, Saul. He was busy fighting the Philistines and had not heard the command to fast until the battle was over. But he was faint from all the fighting and knew the honey would restore his energy to continue the fight.
It’s interesting when he found out about the command that he remarked how foolish it was (verses 29-30). But when he came back to his father and it was revealed what he had done, he was willing to die for his disobedience (verse 43). He recognized his father’s right as king to make any command.
So, what is this story about? How do we teach it to our children? One lesson we can get from this is Jonathan’s submission to his father. Even though he disagreed with the command, he was willing to accept the consequence for his disobedience. He had disobeyed unknowingly, but he had still disobeyed.
Your children are going to question your authority. If not already, it will happen. Remember, questioning your authority does not weaken your authority. You are still the parent. Our children need to see that authority carries with it the requirement to lead them correctly and fairly. And when you blow it, and you will, you have the wherewithal to make it right.
What command of God are you questioning right now? Are you remorseful when confronted? Are you willing to accept the consequence? Be like Jonathan. Let God direct you. And when He does, follow. Period!