A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. (Psalm 68:5-6)
We all want a great future, and we want it for our sons and daughters as well. In order to achieve such a fate, we accept our past, live in the present and envision a better future.
The womb is the place of conception and of nurturing; it is where a future personality is developed. It is both the natural and spiritual family formation center. God has given each of us a natural and spiritual family, and inter-family relationships are very important as we take care of each other’s needs. In the home and in the Church, families impart life and instruction and impact every aspect of life.
I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. (1 Corinthians 4:14-17)
According to the verses above, our God is the Father to the fatherless. As responsible as parents are for their children, the Church is the place for spiritual parenting. It is not a mall or convention center, but a place for spiritual instruction and edification.
There are four ways to strengthen the womb:
1. Build your natural and spiritual families upon the grace of God.
When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.” “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land.” So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.” (Joshua 2:11-16)
Rehab the prostitute helped the Jewish spies by hiding them in her house in exchange for her family’s safety. She heard about the God of Israel and His great deeds and therefore sought protection by His grace.
They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:6-7)
- We need to promote storytelling, one generation to another. Tell your children about your personal experiences with the goodness of your God. When you do not tell them the story of your life, you will lose the emotional connections in your family. Fellowship is important.
- Practice generous giving, and learn to be proud of your giving.
- Teach Christian love and mercy. You will reap what you sow.
2. Teach your family to worship God.
“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15)
We must teach our families about faith. It is more caught than taught. Create an environment of worship, for your actions will speak louder than your words.
3. Be a student of obedience.
We will all serve whom or what we worship, and the object of our worship becomes our god. We need to honor God with our time and obey Him, for in this our lives are worshipful offerings to Him.
4. Declare your determination to serve God.
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
We need to do all we can to serve God, seriously pursuing godliness, and being willing to be different. We must choose Him above any earthly heritage.
Life is a choice. Who do you want to serve?
The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel. Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:7-10)
What you have is important, but what you leave behind is more important. Rise up and develop your generation. Be a spiritual parent, serve God, and seek to have a great family and church with strong, spiritual, shepherding relationships that honor God.
All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’” When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the LORD had promised through Samuel. (1 Chronicles 11:1-3)
Relationships are empowered by the grace of God.
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. (1 Samuel 22:1-2)
A great sense of community overcomes differences in personality.
These were the chiefs of David’s mighty warriors—they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the LORD had promised … (1 Chronicles 11:10)
Mutual love, care and respect should permeate relationships in our homes and churches.
David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the LORD our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us. Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul.” The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people. (1 Chronicles 13:1-4)