FOCUSED ON THE FAMILY
This coming Sunday I will begin preaching for some weeks on marriage and the family.
But I must admit some apprehension and nervousness. I am concerned, not because of the lack of information from the Scripture about marriage and family, but because it is just at the point of our marriages and our families that many of us are struggling and all of us have or will struggle. It is just at the point of our marriages and our families that we are experiencing the pressure of the culture around us, the temptation of the Enemy near us, and the weakness of the flesh within us.
It is also at the intersection of our individual lives with our marriages and our families that many of us feel frustrated and we have experienced some failure. We have tensions in our marriages, and divorce is considered the answer. We worry about the direction of our children, and we, as parents, passively sit back biting our fingernails.
Nevertheless I am convinced that it is time…it is time for us to grow as disciples, not only in our personal relationship with the Lord, but in our familial relationships the Lord has given us. Being a disciple is not just about me and me alone. It is about me and my wife, me and my husband, me and my children, me and my parents, me and my family.
And it is just right there that the Lord has a word for us…a hard word. It is hard because we have taken many wrong steps in regard to our marriages and families. It is hard because we are afraid things have gone too far, or are too bad, or the situation is impossible…even for God!!
If there is one thing we all need in our Christian faithfulness to our marriages and our families, it is that God is for us, not against us. He is more concerned for our marriages and our families than we are. We need to trust Him. We need to depend on His grace. We need to receive the power by the Spirit that is so needed.
So let’s begin this Sunday a journey…a journey deeper in our walk with the Lord and a journey closer in our walk with those we love the most.