Bible Texts: Pro.15:13, Lk.4:18, Pro.17:22, Pro.12:25, Zech.4:6, Philp.4:6, 1Thess.5:16-18, Ps.23:1
I have observed that one important area of the husbandman that the devil attacks is his spirit man. The devil puts the husbandman under pressure and makes him feel broken and defeated. The devil blinds the husbandman from seeing reasons to be grateful. All of these attacks is to break the spirit of the man which consequently leads to depression. And if the spirit is broken, it leads to high blood pressure and eventual death. This is why the Bible has this to say about the importance of guarding your heart from being broken.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken (Pro.15:13)
As the husbandman, it is true that there is a lot that is expected of you. Your wife and children expect you to function like the good and true shepherd (Jn.10:10, 1Tim.5:8, 2Thess.3:10). The host of heaven expects you to love your wife as Jesus Christ has loved the church (Eph.5:25, Col.3:19). The Scripture commands you to nurture your children in the admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4). The stakes for being the good and godly man, husband and father are high. Things may not have worked out as you had planned. But whatever the case may be, make merry and let not your spirit man be broken.
But why should I not allow sorrow of the heart? The answer is found is Proverbs chapter 17.
A merry heart doeth good like medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Pro.17:22)
The moment your spirit man is broken, it affects your physical and mental disposition. It affects the state of your health and may eventually lead to death. Another reason why you must not allow the sorrow of heart is because it makes you lose the power to move ahead as the man, husband and father. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop, but a good word maketh it glad (Pro.12:25). So, as the husbandman, you must understand that you have everything to lose when your spirit is broken.
Therefore, the way out is for you to have a cheerful heart.
Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philp.4:6). You must learn to always give thanks to God even for the life that you live. You must learn to live a life of gratitude. You must learn to be hopeful in God and His word as your journey through life.
God did not make you the husbandman to kill you. His intention for you is to bless you and make you a fit and proper vessel of honour to your wife, children and the world at large (Gen.12:1-3). So, let the joy of the Lord become your strength and be thankful to God for who He is and for what He can do.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from the spirit of complaining and murmuring.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, mend my broken heart and heal my body and mind.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, open my eyes to see Your goodness and fill my heart with joy and hope and strength.
I am hopeful of a better tomorrow in God because He is my strength and the joy of my life as the good and godly husbandman in Jesus Name. Amen.
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Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure
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