Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Sunday, 14 April 19:
Psalm 45:17 — “I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.”
Our readings have much to say about God’s desires for the Christian family. First, Christian families must recognize their total reliance on the grace and blessings of God (Psalm 45:2). They must be led by honorable, mighty men who fight for “truth, humility, and justice,” who “love righteousness and hate wickedness (Psalm 45:4, 7).”
Also, these families must be led by noble matriarchs who have committed fully to their husbands (never looking back) and who honor them in every way (Psalm 45:10, 11). Through wisdom, these women build secure homes for their families (Proverbs 14:1).
Together, these parents lead a house that flourishes because they don’t just hope for good but rather are diligent enough to “plan for good (Proverbs 14:11, 22, 23),” working very hard, and investing in the capabilities required for future productivity (Proverbs 14:4). The Christian family should be characterized by love and faithfulness (Proverbs 14:22). The Christian home should be a sanctuary (Proverbs 14:26), a place where everyone feels safe.
A Christian home must be led by noble parents who raise generations of noble Christian leaders after them (Psalm 45:16). As the Bible says, “Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring (Malachi 2:15).”
Every Christian has made mistakes in parenting, perhaps some big ones. Today is a new day. Trust God with the past and the future. Seek to parent today like your Father in Heaven would, walking in His grace, which is sufficient in your constant failure.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 14 Apr 19: Demonstrate the love of God and the ways of God to your family today through the way you parent.