Main Scripture: Gen.2:14-18
More Scriptures: Eph.6:4, 2Cor.5:17, 1Pet.3:7
In our LUNCH HOUR BIBLE STUDY for the month of May 2017, we began to explore the most important need of the husbandman. And I count it a great privilege to share the outcome of the meeting with and trust that you will be empowered to become all that God has ordained for you as a good and godly husband. The day a man says that he wants to get married, is the day he signs to secure a farmland. And it is primary responsibility to cultivate all the farmland otherwise, he will have some part of it grown with thorns and weed. No part of your farmland must be left unattended. So, it is for our good for us to answer the following questions. First, where is your farmland? Secondly, what are your roles in your farmland? Thirdly, is your wife a trophy? Let me begin by helping us answer the questions. Your farmland is your family. I mean your wife and children. The members of your flock are your first church and parish. Your roles in your farmland is to cultivate and nurture your wife and children. In Gen.2:14-18, the Scripture says tend and keep. And in Eph.6:4, the word of God says, fathers nurture your children in the admonition of the Lord. For your flock to have a relationship with you, they must see a firm and growing relationship between you and Jesus Christ. So, you have to work with the Person of the Holy Spirit to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ (2Cor.5:17).
Furthermore, your wife is not a trophy. Let me explain what that means. A trophy is won after a hard fight and kept being looked at. It is also a reference. A lot of the times, the trophy remains on one spot to gather dust. It is this attitude that has made a lot of husbands to be weary of their wives. You must never see your wife as a trophy rather you should see her as a woman who is fearfully and wonderfully made by God to be of help to you. Very importantly, as a farmer, you must never take your eyes off your farmland. You must never be distracted by another woman or relationship. The same way a farmer applies fertilizer to enhance the quality and growth of the seeds he plants, so also you must ensure that you give the best of your time, finances, energy, time, commitment and spiritual resources to your flock. However, there are two important wisdom keys that you require to make your farm to produce good fruits. First, is hope. Without hope in God, you are likely to be frustrated by the shortcomings of your wife and children. In fact, your faith in God is powered by hope. So, you must be hopeful that your wife and children can be restored. Secondly, it is patience. You must like Job said, I will wait until my change comes.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every force of hopelessness.
· Father in the Name of Jesus, empower my faith to be hopeful for a positive change in the lives of my flock.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from impatience.
I engage the power of hope and patience in tending my farm because that is what makes me a good and godly husband to my wife and children in Jesus Name. Amen.