The Family: God’s Delightful Place (1)
With joy unspeakable full of glory, I sincerely welcome you to this wonderful month in Jesus’ Name. This month, by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we shall be looking at: The Family: God’s Delightful Place.
The family is God’s delight. This is evident because He (God) instituted marriage and family life. When He did so, His plan was for a peaceful and fulfilling home. It is clear from the Word of God that family life was not only meant to be just a good experience for the Christian but a very good one. God’s Word says: And God saw every thing that he had made (including family life), and, behold, it was VERY GOOD … (Genesis1:31).
“VERY GOOD” should be the description of the experience you are having in your home and family life as a Christian. However, some families feel that God has forsaken them, that He does not care about their case and that all hope seems lost. Well, I have good news for you. God is not against you and your situation is not hopeless.
This week, via the Word of God you will see how to make God your delight and so make your home a delightful place to be.
It is important that every family understands that God delights (takes pleasure) in them. He wants your family life to be very good and to be a place of joy and gladness. God’s Word says: Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence , and thou shalt have plenty of silver . For then shalt thou have THY DELIGHT IN THE ALMIGHTY, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee (Job 22:26 emphasis mine).
When God delights in you and you delight in Him, He makes your life and your home a delightful place. If it is joy you need, He gives it to you. If it is money that is in short supply, God releases it. If it is peace that is required, He brings peace. Everything it takes for your family to succeed is made available. When God delights in your family, every enemy of progress is silenced and you enjoy all-round security and speedy answers to your prayers.
Furthermore, when your delight is in Him, your life will always be on the increase (Psalm 18:19). God will promote you and ensure that you enjoy abundance in every area of your life. God’s Word says: Thou shalt no more be termed forsaken; neither shall thy land anymore be termed desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord DELIGHTETH in thee, and thy land shall be married (Isaiah 62:4 emphasis mine).This is God Word’s for you right now.
From the above passage, God’s Word is saying that you shall no longer be regarded as forsaken or desolate, but you shall be a delight to God. Delight means great pleasure, joy, or enjoyment. If you are feeling forsaken, abandoned and hopeless especially because of your family situation, and you just feel like giving up, DON’T! Don’t think God has forgotten you because He hasn’t.
The Word of God says: The Lord hath been MINDFUL of us:… (Psalm 115:12). So, don’t look at the seemingly hopeless situation around you whether it is your children that are problematic, your husband that is not understanding or your parents that are always quarrelling. Rather, look at God’s Word and believe Him today that whatever experience of desolation you have been through in time past or you are going through, shall be the last one in Jesus’ name. You can make your home a delightful place. You can enjoy the riches of God in your home!
Since God has declared via His Word that He delights in you and your family, you also should delight in Him and your family. Don’t give up on your family. If you were submitting to your spouse and he or she seems not to take notice of that, don’t give up. Keep doing it for God is about to touch his or her heart. Or if you have been loving your wife and she has been very stubborn and unyielding, keep doing so. God is about to soften her heart. You have a duty to ensure you don’t give up on your family responsibilities. Keep doing what is right; keep delighting in your family. G od’s Word says: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord… (I Corinthians 15:58).Keep on obeying the instructions the Lord has given concerning your family, and God shall turn your situations around for good.
However, until God becomes your delight, your home cannot become a delightful place. If you really delight in the Lord, you also need to be certified a bonafide child of God. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org , 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores : Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).