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Main Scriptures: Jer.31:27-28

More Scriptures: Jn.10:28, Gen.2:15, Is.21:8

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 break down, and to throw down, and to destroy and to afflict, so I will watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord (Jer.31:27-28). Let’s begin by establishing that every husband is a watchman, whose responsibility is to watch over his wife and children (Jn.10:28). There is one distinct characteristic of a watchman, and that is to protect what is kept in his custody. Your wife and children have been given to you by God. They are in your custody and you are their custodian. This therefore means that you must keep diligent watch over them. And just as it happens in the world when the watchman is the first suspect when there is a theft or robbery case, you will continue to remain the first suspect when anything goes wrong with your family fold. Any wonder God held the first husband responsible for the fall of his family (Gen.3:8-11). Now as a watchman, there two principal tasks you must accomplish on a daily basis.

Firstly, is the task of building your wife and children and family fold on the foundation of Jesus Christ, until Christ is formed in them. You did not marry your wife to break down her life. God did not give you a child (ren) to destroy them. God sent you to be their leader so that you can build them until they are able to attain the fullness of their destinies in Christ. Secondly, it is the task of planting. There will never be a harvest without planting a seed. And until you plant a seed, you must never expect a harvest. Therefore, as the head of your family and the pastor over your flock, you have a duty to plant good seeds of forgiveness, mercy, sacrificial giving, kindness, respect, courtesies, submission, faith, contentment and much more. Practice these noble acts by living them out as you relate with your wife and children, and also teach them how to live it out with others. As you commit yourself to these principal demands of your heritage as a husband, everlasting joy comes upon your head. Furthermore, you enjoy honour from within and without.


  • Father, by Your Spirit, continue to guide me do what is right to my flock.
  • Father, by Your Spirit, teach me the things I need to know that will make me a better husband.
  • Father, by the force of the Spirit, deliver me from every form of spiritual and physical laziness.


I am determined to keep dutiful watch over my wife and children as their watchman as I partner with the Holy Spirit to become a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.

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