“. . .But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. . . .Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, . . .and said, ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’” ~Nehemiah 4:8-14
Regardless of our culture, the world we live in is not family-friendly. We must be prepared for daily battle on our knees to keep a Christ-centered focus in our family routines, activities, conversations, and lifestyles. We do not develop a strong, Christ-centered home by following status-quo or making convenient life choices. We must daily put our family ahead of our own interests and teach by example so our children will follow Christ by imitating our lives. Just as Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with man (Luke 2:52), so our families should be places of growth—mental, physical, spiritual and social growth. Temptations abound, threatening to stop healthy relationship growth in our homes and therefore in our communities. But by being aware of the threats of pride, sex, material prosperity, power and control, etc. we can pray God’s Word to combat each “lowest place” in our family life and guard our homes in much the same way Nehemiah led the people of Israel to guard their places while rebuilding the wall. Let’s be encouraged and stand together in our families, rooted in the Truth of God’s Word, empowered by the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
--Lisa Lehman, Thailand
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for placing me, placing us in our family as well as in Your family. We need Your wisdom as we seek to live as Christ in this world that is hostile to Your Truth and way. We face difficult times of change, worldly teachings and ideas, and much rejection for the name of Christ, but You strengthen us by Your Spirit in our inner lives. Embolden us to stand firm, holding onto Your Word as our only standard for living, we pray. And use us to be salt and light in the communities in which You have placed us. In Jesus’ name, amen.