The natural human tendency is to rebel. It is to go against a controlling dominant force in life and do the opposite of what is demanded, stated, or expected. It take a willingness to be obedient before a person actually walks in obedience. This is the same for both adults and children.
If you tell a child to sit and they are at a stage in life where challenging authority is important to setting boundaries, they stand.
If you have a child, you have experienced this. I know I have. I’ve been through this before and I’m going through this now. My children normally behave without a problem until they hit a new development stage in their lives. This is the point where we have to let then grow and to understand that they are pushing against the rules of our house and against us as a part of their development. With this in mind, they must still understand boundaries and limits, while being able to experience the freedom of choice and the consequences to actions.
Today I pray for wisdom as my children move from one stage to another. I pray that they would trust The Lord as they develop and have open hearts and that they are guided by wisdom.
In Jesus’ Name