Main Scripture: Is.43:25-26
More Scriptures: 1Pet.3:7, Ps.127:3, Is.8:18
Put me in remembrance, let us plead together, declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. (Is.43:26). 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 godly shepherds. As godly husbandmen, we need to constantly remind ourselves who we are in Christ and who our sheep are in God. You and I must continue to look into the word of God to locate the true personalities of our sheep, otherwise we may not be justified in our actions toward them. But if we keep the word of God before us, the Person of the Holy Spirit will remind us who our sheep are and how to be responsible to them as good and godly shepherds.
Put this in remembrance. 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. Satan is the one who is behind the wrong things that your wife is doing (Matt.16:18-23). 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 differently from your expectation, cross-check what you have repeatedly called her in the confines of your heart (Matt.15:18-20). A lot of the time, what you say concerning your wife does 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. Her worth in Christ defines her value and not her body (Eph.5:29). Your wife is not a piece of furniture that depreciates in the process of usage. She is wonderfully and fearfully made by God. Your wife is not an alternative. She is the alternative (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. 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.
Put this in remembrance and be justified as the good and godly man, husband and father to your wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to treat my wife and children with honour and respect.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from taking my sheep 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 put the picture of Scripture about my sheep and I remember always to nurture my wife and children until they mature into the very image of Christ because that is my ultimate assignment as the good and godly husbandman in Jesus Name. Amen.