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.
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.