Ezekiel 17:24c “‘I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will perform it.’”
You have probably seen or hear the expression, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” Well, that is not entirely true. What! Yes, that is what I said. The expression should read, “God said it, that settles it.” Our belief has nothing to do with God’s Word being true or settling the issue.
Look at today’s verse again. God simply said, “I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will perform it.” When God says something, He means it. He doesn’t waste words. Every single word of God is intentional. Every single word is spoken with purpose. And He wants you to take those words and live by them.
Do me a favor. Don’t waste words on your children. “Carl, you are not making sense today,” you say. Well, let me explain. Don’t just talk to be heard. Don’t over explain stuff to your kids. Our children need to know that we, as parents, have the authority to speak truth to them. Sometimes it is just as simple as “I have spoken.”
That sounds a little arrogant, right? It’s not meant to be. I have seen far too many parents trying to “negotiate” their child’s obedience. They try to bribe or cajole them to do what they ask. If you are one of those parents, you had better take control. You are the authority, just as God is Your authority. You wouldn’t dare question that, would you?
But perhaps you are questioning God’s right over you. Maybe you are struggling with your life situation right now and don’t understand why the Lord is allowing these things. Ask Him. Don’t demand an answer. Just ask Him. Then trust Him to do what is best for you. He will always do that.