11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
I can remember growing up hearing “Why did you that? You know better!” whenever I would misbehave. It started around the age of four years or so. It was always said in response to something I had previously done or went against common sense, even for a child.
As a culture we seem to have a certain expectation of children, that they are sweet, innocent little angels who become corrupted by age and experience. Even at a young age we expect our children to behave a certain way, and when they do not they need to be corrected and reprimanded.
If our children have the expectation to do what is right, how much more should we expect teens and adults to do what is right?
You know better!
How do we know we have these expectations of people? We all seem to have an innate understanding of what is right and wrong.
It is seen every time we get upset with someone for doing something stupid or that hurts someone else.
It is seen every time someone does something considered morally wrong. All religions and atheists admit to a moral code.
All people fall short at some point, and it always seems as though we can hear someone saying “You know better!”
We have God’s Word to reveal to us how we each have gone astray from what is right. Honestly, it is put in such simple terms that children can understand it.
Yet we fail time and again.
But God helps us and changes us through His Holy Spirit.
Even children know how to do what is right if they are told.
God has shown us. May we, as His children, listen.
Heavenly Father, You are so holy and amazing. May Your Kingdom be lived out through our lives, that the world may glorify You. Let our actions speak of Your perfect will and grace, that the world may know what is pure and right: You.