This Month's Promise

“..Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.I have purposed it; I will also do it.”

- (Isaiah 46:11)

Read: Job 1: 1-5


“Fathers .... bring them (your children) up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

Derek Prince, the renowned Bible teacher, writes as follows: “I remember a time when I was continually travelling from meeting to meeting and conference to conference, preaching to large crowds and having good response from the people. But then I heard a man make this statement: “The expert is the man away from home with a briefcase.” It went to my heart like an arrow. I thought to myself, “That really describes me. I’m a man away from home with a briefcase. Everybody regards me as an expert. But in actual fact, what’s happening in my home? God challenged me in an altogether new way that I had to succeed, first and foremost, as a husband and as a father before I could succeed in any other capacity. To succeed in other capacities but fail as a father would be, in God’s sight, to fail.”

Dear friends, this is true of many men in our culture today. They succeed in many capacities, as a sportsman, as a professional, as a businessman, as an actor or may be even as a Christian minister, and yet fail in their home. Let us remember that to fail in our homes as fathers is to fail and no other success can make up for that failure. In I Corinthians 11:3 Paul speaks about a relationship between God and home. He says, “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” So, Christ is the head of the husband and the husband in turn, is the head of his wife and his family. “In a certain sense, the man who is the husband and the father represents Christ to his family”, writes Derek Prince. “The following are three ministries of Christ - Priest, Prophet and King. A father also has these three roles to play. As a priest he represents his family to God, as a prophet he represents God to his family and as a king he governs his family on behalf of God.” May the Lord help us to be responsible fathers who would take good care of our families always.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I confess that many a time I have neglected my family . I have given priority to my job and other recreations. Forgive me Lord. Thank you for reminding me my role in my family as a priest, prophet and king, just like that of Christ’s. Let me be a faithful father. Amen.