Obedience Blues

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By Marian Greer ©2003

Well, I’m pullin’ out my hair, it’s turning seven shades of gray;
My children they have minds of their own
– want to go their own way.
When I tell them to come, they continue with their play,
And when I say it’s time to go,
that’s when they say they want to stay.
It’s every parent’s prayer: Lord, please help me, don’t delay -
Because my children will not listen – they refuse to obey.

If they would just come when I say come; go when I say go…
I only want to guide them in the way that they should go.
If they would listen to my voice, and do the things I say…
Oh what will I do with my children who refuse to obey?

Now while I was still complaining,
grumbling ‘bout the same old thing,
In my heart there was a stirring; an old familiar sting.
That feeling of conviction, words in my head began to ring…
The Lord said, “Listen child of Mine, I want to ask you something.
Are you really any different?  Do you respond any differently
When I call upon your name and you refuse to answer me?”  Ouch!

Do you come when I say come, go where I say go?
I only want to guide you in the way that you should go.
Do you listen to My voice?  Do you do the things I say?
Oh what will I do with children who refuse to obey?”

Well, it seems we have a problem – It’s not only me who’s grieved
By the lack of discipline.  Time for change, I do believe.
Time to open up the Book, get on my knees and seek His face.
That’s the only way we’ll see some change around this place.
Seems I’ve learned a little lesson from my parental dismay,
And I don’t want to be one of the children who refuse to obey.
The Lord says, “Come when I say come, go where I say go;
I only want to guide you in the way that you should go.
Children listen to My voice, and then you will hear Me say,
‘Oh I am well pleased with My children who delight to obey.’”

I want to hear, “Oh I am well pleased with My children who delight to obey.”

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