Living Sacrificially

Being a husband and a father can be quite the daunting task.  Listening to Tony Evans this afternoon, the lack of leadership from the fathers in our country ad world is one of our biggest social issues, which I have believe for quite some time.  At times I pray what Solomon prayed to God.

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:9

Solomon was obviously aware of the task and responsibility at hand, leading the country of Israel after David, his father, had passed away. He was essentially asking for a hearing heart, one that would hear God’s word in leading Israel.

In reading Roman 12, Paul tells us that we can’t conform to the pattern of the world but be transformed and renew our mind, because its only then will we be able to test and approve what God’s will is.  There are lot’s of things the world is telling us a husbands and fathers as to how we should live, but God’s image of a husband and father is very different and not the easiest was to live.

So we must live sacrificially, which, as Pal says in verse 1 is one of our acts of worship.

Living sacrificial, offering our bodies as living sacrifices, is an act of worship.  Its hard at the end of a long day at work, or possibly any day, and still have some gas in the tank for our families.  Our main job most likely starts once we come home from our day job.  But God has some awesome promises.

Psalm 37:3-4 says, Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Also, can also be assured that we will face storms in leading our families.  But God is our refuge, its only in Him we should lay our full trust.  As we face these storms God will walk with us through them and we grow through them.

Charles Spurgeon says, The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm.

It is also a great truth that the Christian faith has been designed by God to give believers happiness in this life as well as true bliss in heaven above. And despite the following truth that “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Proverbs 4:18 NIV), experience tells us that sometimes the sun is eclipsed.

But we can rest assured that the Son never gets eclipsed.  The Son will also walk with us through our Storms.  As with Peter when he stepped out of the boat, He will extend is mighty hand when when we reach for Him.  We shouldn’t doubt and ask for God to increase our faith.
Its not easy walking through these storms, I do wish sometimes God would just make things easy, even to just catch my breath, even for a little bit.  But as Spurgeon also says, We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ.
I grow each day in my awareness of how much I need God to help me with my role and calling as a husband and father, even to just get through the day.
I believe we can also rest in the promise of Romans 8.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

We can be victorious through our hardships and trials only because of what Jesus has done and the fact that He loved us first.  Things may not be easy but the battles never are, but we can know and be assured that we will be able to rest in the peace and comfort of our Lord Jesus.

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