Main Scriptures: Jn.12:27
More Scriptures: Jer.13:17, Jn.11:33, Rev.5:5
Now is my soul troubled and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour, but for this cause came I unto this hour (Jn.12:27)
The Scripture above was the pain and agony that Jesus Christ underwent shortly before He was crucified. It was hidden. Not everybody knew the discomfort that He was going through except for Himself. And even when He carried some of His disciples with Him, perhaps that they would be sensitive enough to discern His pains, the disciples still didn’t get it – they were unable to feel the pain of Jesus Christ. This is so important for you as the shepherd over your sheep. You must understand that as the godly husbandman, you must be sensitive to feel the pains of your sheep. You must also appreciate that your wife and children have their struggles. They could be struggling with peer pressure. They may also silently be going through emotional pain and discomfort. Sometimes, they hide their agonies in their smiles, some in food and others in clothes. If you are unable to see beyond the façade in the lives of your sheep, you may lose them eventually to satan, sin and the world. So, therefore, you must constantly be on guard to see through the words, conduct, and mannerisms of your wife and children.
But how do I know if my wife and children are troubled, especially when they are not willing to tell me? And is it possible for me to see behind and beyond them? Yes, you can see through their lives. You can discern what is going on in their hearts. And you can by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the word of God. Two Bible passages are critical here. John 16:13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he will show you things to come (Jn.16:13). It is the Holy Spirit that shows you the inner thoughts of your sheep. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and He knows the inner thoughts of every being. So, if you work and walk with Him, He reveals the challenges that your sheep are going through and guides you on how to engage them to speak out to you. You cannot triumph and produce good reports in your leadership function as the godly husbandman without a deeper and consistent partnership with the Person of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, you can perceive their pains by the word of God. For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb.4:12).
You must make your headship in your sheepfold more impactful because the will of God for you is to raise good and godly sheep.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, I need greater empowerment of the Holy Spirit in my life.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, I receive the spirit of discernment into my life.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, I ask for divine encounters from Your word in my life.
I am filled with the Holy Spirit and by His help I discern the pains and struggles of my wife and children and help them to overcome it because that is what makes me a good and godly husbandman in Jesus Name. Amen.