Categories: Monthly Devotion

Month of families.

Genesis 2:18 Then, He blessed them and told them be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (fill) the earth.

Families are close to God’s heart.  In fact, they were His idea in the first place.  From the beginning, when God created man, He said it is not Good for man to to be alone, so He created woman as a help-meet, suitable for him.

Your children are the result of love.  Throughout the ages, God’s plan and desire has always been for parents to raise up their children to know and love him and walk in His ways in  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 God told the Israelites to keep His commands in their hearts and to teach them diligently unto their children, talking of them through out the day in every circumstances of life.

Many Families today are facing challenges because they have not “been diligently teaching” their children instead, they have left it to the schools, media, TV, etc. And others to do the job.  The Bible instructs us in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

I speak to parents all the time because of my counselling back ground.  I have realised that our priorities are out of order.  Families is suppose to be our first priority!

I encourage you; teach your children.  Prepare them to withstand evolutionary, humanistic indoctrination by giving them sound Biblical teaching that demonstrates the truth of God’s Word.

In Genesis 18:16-21 The Lord was about to rain down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah.  As the two angels are departing toward those exceedingly wicked cities, we are welcomed into a short conversation that the Lord has with those two angels.

God asks a question, “shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?”  He had already decided what was going to happen.  “Should I tell Abraham?”  It seems as if the answer was already “yes,” but the Lord is explaining why He will let Abraham in what’s about to happen in Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Abraham all nations of the earth will be blessed.  What impacts the people around Abraham will impact Abraham and his descendants.

God is saying “I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord.

This verse about Abraham instructing his children is not isolated from the rest of the context. God’s overwhelming wrath upon Sodom and Gomorrah would pierce the heart of a righteous father and stir him to “command” his family in righteous living.  Abraham would stand in the gap and warn his family to avoid the path of the wicked for it leads to great pain and sorrow (Proverbs 4:14-15)

If you are a Father and Grandfather, you are chosen by God and appointed for the same purpose as Abraham.  Command your children and grandchildren to follow the ways of God.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.