The Family: God’s Delightful Place – Pastor Faith Oyedepo
The family is God’s delight. This is evident because He (God) instituted marriage and family life. When He did so, His plan was for a peaceful and fulfilling home. It is clear from the Word of God that family life was not only meant to be just a good experience for the Christian but a very good one. God’s Word says: And God saw everything that he had made (including family life), and, behold, it was VERY GOOD… (Genesis1:31).
“VERY GOOD” should be the description of the experience you are having in your home and family life as a Christian. However, some families feel that God has forsaken them, that He does not care about their case and that all hope seems lost. Well, I have good news for you. God is not against you and your situation is not hopeless.
It is important that every family understands that God delights (takes pleasure) in them. He wants your family life to be very good and to be a place of joy and gladness. God’s Word says: Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have THY DELIGHT IN THE ALMIGHTY, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee (Job 22:26 emphasis mine).
When God delights in you and you delight in Him, He makes your life and your home a delightful place. If it is joy you need, He gives it to you. If it is money that is in short supply, God releases it. If it is peace that is required, He brings peace. Everything it takes for your family to succeed is made available. When God delights in your family, every enemy of progress is silenced and you enjoy all-around security and speedy answers to your prayers.
Furthermore, when your delight is in Him, your life will always be on the increase (Psalm 18:19). God will promote you and ensure that you enjoy abundance in every area of your life. God’s Word says: Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord DELIGHTETH in thee, and thy land shall be married (Isaiah 62:4 emphasis mine). This is God Word’s for you right now.
From the above passage, God’s Word is saying that you shall no longer be regarded as forsaken or desolate, but you shall be a delight to God. Delight means great pleasure, joy, or enjoyment. If you are feeling forsaken, abandoned and hopeless especially because of your family situation, and you just feel like giving up, DON’T! Don’t think God has forgotten you because He hasn’t.
The Word of God says: The Lord hath been MINDFUL of us:…(Psalm 115:12). So, don’t look at the seemingly hopeless situation around you whether it is your children that are problematic, your husband that is not understanding or your parents that are always quarrelling.
Rather, look at God’s Word and believe Him today that whatever experience of desolation you have been through in time past or you are going through, shall be the last one in Jesus’ name. You can make your home a delightful place. You can enjoy the riches of God in your home