Main Scriptures: Ps.104:22-23
More Scriptures: 1Tim.5:8, Jn.5:17, 1Thess.4:11
The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until evening (Ps.104:23). It was during my study time that the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see the dignity of work. He also helped me to understand that as the godly husbandman, I must not return home until evening. I must go about my work, that is, go to my work by engaging my spirit, soul and body profitably. As the head of your sheepfold and the spiritual leader over God’s flock, the cure to your lack is work. The only way to escape the temptation of depending on your wife for your needs-clothing, shelter, feeding, and transportation- is to leave the house to find something legitimate to do-work. It is a dishonor on your part for your wife to be responsible for the financial and material administration of your family kingdom. It is a shame for you as a husband and leader to hide under the cover of the deception of the devil that you and your wife are now one, hence you do nothing but depend solely on her for your family provision. This is the truth from the word of God. Any husband who cannot provide for his household is worse than an infidel? (1Tim.5:8).
Jesus Christ, Who is your perfect example of a godly husband, was a worker. He was not only diligent, He also provided all that His disciples needed while He was with them in His earthly ministry. They did not lack anything. See what the word of God says in 1Thess. 4. And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you. That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without and that ye may have lack for nothing (1Thess.4:11-12). Abraham worked and earned his place in destiny as a rich and blessed husband (Gen.13:2, Gen.24:1). Job was a worker and became one of the richest people in his time (Job 1:1-3). Isaac, the husband of Rebekah worked and became so rich that an entire nation envied him (Gen.26:1-13).
Wake up, husband! Wake up! The car you drive which you did not buy or own is not your resting place. The house you live in which your wife is the person who pays the rent is not your resting place. The food you constantly eat at home that you did not provide money for is not your rest. And if you have a son, who will become a potential father and shepherd, you have begun to distort his perception of who a good shepherd should be. You are too honourable to depend on your wife for your needs and the needs of the family. Don’t be lazy! Don’t be comfortable with your present position! You are the shepherd indeed. Wake up from your comfort zone. Get out there and look for something to do with your hands and mind. It doesn’t matter how little the return from the work may be. In as much as the work is legitimate, God will prosper you (Ps. 1:3). Work is the cure to lack.
- Father, by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, open my inner eyes to see the work I could engage in to be responsible head in my family and also make profit.
- Father, by the blood of Jesus Christ, deliver me from every root of deception and half truths about my headship.
- Father, by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ, deliver me from every generational pattern of lack and want.
I am going to work diligently, committedly and faithfully with my spirit, soul and hands in order to provide for my family and others because that is where my honour is as the good and godly shepherd in Jesus name. Amen.