Main Scriptures: Matthew 13:13-16
More Scriptures: Matt.13:16, Jn.20:29, Pro.27:23
If you walk around very sensitive areas like the Headquarters of the Department of State Security or the Presidential Villa all in Abuja, you will notice that you cannot gain access to certain areas. Movement in and out of such areas are restricted. That is what God wants you to design for the lives of your family flock- restricting access to unauthorized persons, circumstance or situations. I read a sad story of a young boy who committed suicide because he was depressed. I also read of another who got involved in ungodly acts because the shepherd did not keep in touch with his emotional needs. As the head of the family, it is very dangerous for you to sleep over the emotional life of your wife and children. It is one of the most destructive paths to walk in. You must be able to read beyond the veil to detect if your wife or children are happy. Don’t claim you are too busy to see that your wife is unhappy or your children have suddenly become cold or withdrawn. Be the first to know when your flock is depressed or in need of an answer to a pressing question bothering their emotions.
As the one God has positioned to superintend over their lives, you must feel their pulses, fears, worries and expectations. The Scripture says that he came and they knew Him not… This is why Jesus speaking said watch and pray. When you pray for flock, by committing their present and future into the able hands of God, Your Shepherd, you must also watch for the signs with your outer and inner eyes. Your eyes are not for show. They are meant to capture the moments in the lives of your flock. Do you know that every time you don’t watch to pick the emotional emptiness of your flock, they feel neglected and seek for comfort outside? And when the consequences come, they will blame you. You are the head of the family and the spiritual guide over your home. You must not fold your arms and hands and allow the devil and his agents to have a field day. Enough of the frequent crises with your wife and children! You have given enough excuses. It is now time for you to connect with your wife and children spiritually, physically and emotionally. Your responsibility is more than providing food, water, shelter, education, money and clothing. Your greatest role is to bring your wife and children to a place of safety where you have created an effective access control mechanism that will restrict the devil and his agents from gaining access into your family kingdom. And you can attain this when you strategically position yourself in the place of prayers and watching.
· Father, in the name of Jesus, heal my eyes of every blindness, and make them to see.
· Father, in the name of Jesus, quicken my spirit to know the deep needs of my flock.
· Father, in the name of Jesus, empower me to meet the all-round needs of my flock.
I will watch over my wife and children to understand their all-round needs and partner with the Holy Spirit to meet these needs because that is what makes me a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.