“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.” Psalms 128:3
Family is the bedrock of society and the world. The world and society take on the pattern of the sum of all families – families determine the pattern and trend of society and the world. Good is the author of the family; it emanates from His perfect will.
Everyone desires to be successful at least as far as humans can define success. Family-success is central and most crucial. We can be “successful” in our career and/or business; However, a flop in our family life will very much foil our achievements. Family success is the ultimate test of our love for God, knowledge, and comprehension of His Word.
Achieving success in the family is increasingly eluding Man and is almost becoming a myth. PolitiFact.com estimated in 2012 that the lifelong probability of a marriage ending in divorce is 40%–50%. Disturbing stats! What then is the secret to having a successful family? 🤔
We find the answer to this question in the first verse of Psalms 128:1-5, which reads;
Blessings on all who reverence and trust the Lord—on all who obey him! Their reward shall be prosperity and happiness. Your wife shall be contented in your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around the dinner table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees. That is God’s reward to those who reverence and trust him. May the Lord continually bless you with heaven’s blessings as well as with human joys. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren!” Psalm 128:1-6 TLB
Reverence / Fear of the Lord.
This shouldn’t be misconstrued with the fear that Man is accustomed to which is the terrorizing fear. The fear of the Lord is directly related to Wisdom, Knowledge from God and the practice of that Godly wisdom and knowledge. (Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Isaiah 11:2; 33:6)
Trusting the Lord.
Trusting in the Lord is not as straightforward as it might seem. The word to trust means basically to believe. However, there is Intellectual believe and Saving believe. The intellectual believe is very basic and informative. This is the type of believe the devil has towards God (James 2:19). On the other hand, Saving Believe goes beyond being informative; It is transformative. This is the believe Abraham has in God (Galatians 3:6). Trust that believes in the Word of God and adheres to them even with ones life.
Why then are so many Christian homes a wreck? Don’t they reverence and trust God; Don’t they obey Him? Being a born-again Christian serving in a church in whatever capacity doesn’t mean you’re a Practitioner of the Word. Always being in attendance for church programs and all-night prayer sessions doesn’t certify you as a Word practicing Christian. Being a Pastor or a prominent member of a church doesn’t qualify you as a Word Practicing Christian. 😢
Word practitioners are those who model the life of God, yes! I said the Life of God; They model the life of Christ in every aspect of their life. Word Practitioners are obsessed with knowing the Word of God and applying it in every area of their life. Do you desire the Successful Family? Believe, yield and practice God’s Word especially in line with marriage principles. 👍✌
Dear Father, thank you for your unending Love and kindness towards me as You continue to flood my Spirit and mind with your Word. My family or would-be family is a success by the knowledge and practice of the principles in your Word. Holy Spirit, continue to imprint these words in my Spirit and transform my mind as I practice your Word daily.
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