The wise counsel God gives when I'm awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I'll stick with God;
I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go.
-Psalm 16:7 (MSG)
It's scary to think about sometimes. Our husband's choices will affect not only him, but US. They affect our family, our circumstances, our life...EVERYTHING. But I got encouraged when I read Stormie Omartian's book "The Power of a Praying Wife" and came across this statement:
"If you keep praying for your husband to have wisdom and godly counsel, then even if he does make a bad decision, you can enjoy the comfort of knowing you did your part and God will bring good out of it. So much of our lives are affected by decisions our husbands make. We are wise to pray that they make good ones."
In the book "Secrets of Fascinating Womanhood" the author states:
“Kathy spoke, “But what happens when we disagree with a
decision he makes?”
“Well Kathy, we must support our husband, even when we
don’t agree with a final decision he makes. However, if we
strongly disagree with a decision he has made, we should tell
him so, but IN A GENTLE, LOVING VOICE. We must
also tell him at the same time, that if he goes ahead with
his decision WE WILL STILL SUPPORT HIM.”
“It is very, very important that we honour our husband
as leader in our home. For God has not only made him the
captain, but also the shepherd of our family.’’
She also quoted from an old book from 1840 (by Orson Pratt):
“The wife should never follow her judgement in preference
to that of her husband, for if her husband desires to do right,
but errs in judgement, the Lord will bless her in endeavouring
to carry out his counsels; for God has placed him at the head,
and though he may err in judgement, yet God will not justify
the wife in disregarding his instructions and counsels, for
greater is the sin of rebellion than the errors which arise from
want of judgement; therefore she would be condemned for
suffering her will to arise against his.’’ “Be obedient and God
will cause all things to work for good, and he will correct the
errors of the husband in due time. A wife will lose the Spirit of
God in refusing to obey the counsel
of her husband.’’
So don't you think we should pray in this area, for our husbands?
Well let's go!
Lord, I lift up all of our husbands to You in Jesus' name. Fill our husbands with the fear of the Lord since that is the beginning of wisdom. May they come to You when it's time to make decisions...even small ones. Give them discernment when making these choices and open their eyes to see clearly the consequences of any bad choice. I pray that You surround our husbands with godly, wise people and that they listen to them...don't let our husbands be unteachable. Instruct our husbands even as they sleep (Psalm 16:7) and all during the day. I pray they choose to do what's right, no matter how they feel. I pray all our husbands keep their eyes and ears on You, Lord. In Jesus' name...Amen!
I hope you all have a great week!
Linked to: The Better Mom, These Five of Mine Plus Two, Lowercase Letters, What Joy is Mine, A Mama's Story, The Alabaster Jar, To Love, Honor and Vacuum,