What is the source of ongoing strife and turmoil in the home? Our home life is supposed to be a source of great blessings, but sometimes it is more of a source of stress, anger, and contentiousness. Husband and wife cannot seem to get along. The children are disrespectful to their parents and constantly fight with their siblings. Mother and Father have grown weary of their children because of their behavior and have “checked out” mentally. Problems such as these are common in the world and even within the church. What is the source of these problems, and what is the solution?
The source of these problems is that one or more people in the family have stopped heeding the voice of the Lord. When the Lord and His word are at the center of the home, peace and harmony will abound. The question is, are we listening to His voice? Are we seeking His wisdom? Listen to where the wisdom of God will lead us: “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her…Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.” (Proverbs 3:13-15, 17-18 NAS95) What will the wisdom of God bring into all aspects of our lives, including our homes? Pleasantness, peace, happiness, and life. But if we choose not to listen, if we choose to go our own way, we will only hurt ourselves and rob ourselves of His blessings. We must hold fast the wisdom of God!
God designed human beings. He designed marriage. He designed the family. If we will listen to His voice, our homes will function beautifully, and blessings will abound. Sure, difficult times will come, but in those times, we will find that our homes will be a place of comfort and solace rather than a place of additional stress and turmoil. May we all experience the blessings in our homes that God intended for us to enjoy.