Main Scripture: Is.43:25-26
More Scriptures: 1Pet.3:7, Ps.127:3, Is.8:18
When God said that we should put Him in remembrance, He did not mean that He forgets. He simply wants you and I to participate actively in His plan for our lives and assignment as husbands. And this is why we need to remind ourselves who our sheep are not. And I believe that if any husband and father will agree to the demands of his office as the shepherd and priest over his flock, he will enjoy peace, joy and vitality. Let us begin with who your wife is not. Your wife is not your slave, therefore honour and respect her. (1Pet.3:7). Don’t talk down on her, destroy her self-esteem or make her a fool. She is not your enemy, satan is. He is the one who is behind the wrong things that your wife is doing (Matt.1618-23). Do not speak evil of her to anyone, no matter who they are and how close they are to you. Your wife is who you call her (Gen.2:19). If she acts any different from your expectation, cross-check what you have repeatedly call her in the confines of your heart (Matt.15:18-20).
A lot of the time, what we say concerning our wives do not agree with what we think in our heart. And no man can be greater than his thoughts. Your wife is not valueless. She is a priceless gift from God. (Eph.5:29). Your wife is not a piece of furniture that will depreciate in the process of usage. She is wonderfully and fearfully made by God. Your wife is not an alternative. She is the main (Matt.5:28). Among the many women, God led you to select her, to meet with her and both of you became husband and wife-one flesh. So, don’t share your body with anyone. Now, let us look at what your children are not. Your children are not products of an accident. They are the seed from God because the Scripture says that lo children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Ps.127:3). Your children are not accidental discharges, they are precious gifts from God Almighty. They are the bridge that links you from your present into your future. They are ordained to be signs and wonders on the earth (Is.8:18). Your children are not objects, rather they are seeds that must be nurtured in the way and admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4). You are solely and principally responsible for the nurturing of your children and not your wife. Thank God for your wife. Thank God for your children. But understand that God has commanded you to give close attention to what they do, who they walk with, what they should know, how they should live their lives and where they should stand. Your wife and children are highly valuable to God and to you. Make it count. Hold them in high esteem.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to treat my flock with honour and respect.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from taking my flock for granted.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with divine wisdom that I may handle my wife and children as You would.
I nurture my wife and children until they mature into the very image of Christ because that is my ultimate assignment as a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.