“Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:4-5
Today’s Christian daily devotional
Aside from the hum of the air conditioning unit, the office was silent and empty. Paul attempted to straighten up the stacks of papers consuming his desk.
He couldn’t stop his eyes from drifting back to the photo captured on his screensaver. Four frozen smiles looked back at him, including Paul himself.
Who would have thought that less than a year since that picture was taken, his family would be broken apart and living in two separate homes? Not Paul. He had no idea that his house was on the brink of destruction while he smiled for the camera.
Paul was too busy taking over his father’s successful stockbroking firm to notice that his absence made a marked impact at home. He was so consumed with providing for his family, that his minimal efforts did little to preserve his most precious asset: the hearts of the people he loved the most. Now, those millions of dollars sitting in the bank felt as worthless as Monopoly money.
Paul pursued everything in he wanted in life with the same kind of gusto: full throttle. When he asked Emily to marry him, he laid on his southern charm and offered a three-carat diamond that any woman would have a hard time resisting.
After Emily got pregnant with their second son, Paul figured he didn’t need to do much to keep the attention of the busy housewife and mother.
But, Emily had needs; needs she had no problem filling by another man, if need be. And so she did.
If only Paul would have noticed the pattern of failure in his father’s personal life instead of focusing solely on his financial success.
Anything left unattended is at risk for being corroded. This law holds true in nature, in business and in relationships. If both Paul and Emily would have heeded the warning and wisdom of Hebrews 13: 4-5, they could have navigated around the most common marriage killer today: Not allowing God rule the home.
When we allow the lust of our flesh to take control, it’s very easy to loose all sense of balance and wisdom. This is because human lust is all-consuming; it will never satiate the person indulging in it.
When the Holy Spirit leads your heart and rules your home, you will have a more spiritual perspective on life. This will help take care of the issues that can’t be seen by the eyes, but can and will be felt by the heart.
Is what nourishes you also destroying you at the same time? Whatever that may be, it isn’t worth it. It will not only be the death of you, it affects the ones you love as well.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I want you to rule my home. I’m not doing a very good job of it.
It almost feels too late to pray about the restoration of what I helped destroy.
But, I have to believe that if you are the God of the universe, anything is possible for you.
I don’t have a balanced way of doing things at all. It shows in the way my life has been spinning so out of control.
Lord, lead me. Guide me out of this mess. Show me what steps and mistakes I have made that have gotten me so off my mark.
I turn my face to you. I give my life to you. I am expecting that you will finish the good work that you have begun in me. In Jesus’ precious name, I thank you for the grace that I am so unworthy of, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Hebrews 13:4-5
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan