11, September 2017

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Husbands and Wives (3)

‘All your males are to appear before the Lord.’
 Exodus 34:23 NASB

God said, ‘Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord… For I will drive out nations before you…enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land.’ 
(Exodus 34:23–24 NASB) Three times a year the men of Israel were to go on a spiritual retreat and seek God’s guidance. And God promised to protect their families and their possessions while they were gone, and even to ‘enlarge [their] borders’. So, if you’re a husband who wants God to protect your family and bless your endeavours, you must take the time to submit your thoughts, actions, and decisions to His leadership. You’ll never function successfully as the head of your family until you’re under the headship of Christ. The best thing you can do in leading your home and building a great marriage is to ask the question, ‘What is the mind of Christ in this matter?’ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16) And then follow it. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have your wife’s full attention and cooperation. Why? Because she’s no longer arguing with you and your opinions. Now you’ve brought Christ and His Word into the equation. It may take time for your wife to trust your leadership and respect your thinking, but as she sees you walk with God and practise His principles, she’ll come to trust you and feel secure. When a woman says to her husband, ‘I need you to hold me,’ she’s not necessarily talking about physical intimacy. She’s talking about her God-given need for security. She needs a husband she can love and trust. And God can make you such a husband.

SoulFood: Neh 1–4, Mark 11:27–33, Ps 78:32–39, Prov 23:29–35

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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