Main Scriptures: Jer.31:27-28
More Scriptures: Eph.6:4, Philippians 2:13, 1 Pet.3:7
Let me begin by informing you from Scriptures that as the head of your family, you are both a watchman and a builder. And if you must succeed as a good and godly husband, you must function effectively as a watchman and a builder. You must also appreciate that God wants you to succeed in both responsibilities because that is how you can be the best leader to your wife and children. As a watchman over your wife and children, there are times that your sheep may offend you and satan will suggest that you seek revenge. Other times, satan may suggest that you seek comfort in the bosom of another woman especially if it is your wife that hurts you. Some people or even satan may have whispered to you to walk out of that ordained relationship with your wife (Mal.2:14) and children (Eph.6:4). If you are faced with any of these challenges, do not be surprised. God had similar challenges with His flock but the disobedience of His sheep did not make Him take wrong decisions. Rather, He chose to do what is right. Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to breakdown and to throw down and to destroy and to afflict (Jer.21:27-28)
God was not happy with the attitude of the people of Israel and Judah. But God did something which He wants you to also do. He took the place of a watchman with the purpose of building His people up in the right ways again. God had a rethink, so should you. He reversed His anger against them in verse 28b of Jer.31. The Scripture says, so will I watch over them to BUILD and to PLANT, saith the LORD. As the head of your family and the one God has placed over your wife and children, there will always be opportunities for you to make choices. The decisions can either be right or wrong, beneficial or destructive. Nevertheless, the desire of God for you is that no matter the pressure as a result of your sheep’s offences, you will honour Him with your choices. You will allow the word of God to take control of your life.
So for you to become an effective watchman and builder, you need to continue to depend on the ability of God to work in you and through you. In Philippians 2:13, the Scripture says for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Secondly, you need to seek for godly mentors and fellowship, where your life would be edified. God does not take pleasure in the destruction of your family. Watch and build it with Him.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to be an effective watchman and builder in my family fold.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to work good works for the good of my wife and children.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from spiritual complacency and deadness of the spirit.
I stand as a watchman and a builder over my wife and children and sheepfold because that is my principal duty as a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.