When Christ is Lord of Your Home by Michael and Gail Faulkner

As you read this brief writing, our aim is to encourage you so you can enjoy and share biblical truths with your beautiful family.  We desire to see every man, woman, and child come to know Christ personally and to enrich lives by helping build the Kingdom of God throughout this world.

“When Christ is Lord of Your Home,” you can be assured of His favorable presence, His divine protection, and His guaranteed guidance.  2 Chronicles chapter 20 tells of three enormous armies (Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites) and utmost danger Jehoshaphat encountered coming against him and God’s people.  He became afraid and set himself to seek God’s face by proclaiming a fast throughout all Judah. Immediately, they were assured of victory by the prophet Jahaziel, which, in turn, filled their hearts with joy, hope, and thankfulness. Their unity and dependence upon the Lord resulted in their enemies annihilating each other, and Jehoshaphat and the people returned to Jerusalem rejoicing and praising God.

Our attention is on verse 13, where it states that “all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.” The sense is that after Jehoshaphat’s fervent prayer, the people stood silently before the LORD, waiting upon Him for some sense of direction and or encouragement. With their little ones, their wives, and their children, they looked towards the most holy place, in the face of the Brilliant One, where the ark of God’s presence exists. Their stance was a humble, patient, and submissive posture. Hoping the Lord would have pity, compassion, and save them, they waited for His decree to be issued.  What answer would they hear from the Lord?  Jehoshaphat and all Judah put God first by relying on Him. He was Lord of their home.  Like all Judah, our first order of the day should be that our household acknowledges the sovereign existence of our Lord by humbly seeking His face, and daily relying on His mercy and power.  Like all Judah, we will be glad to hear the Lord say, “Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you….”, “Do not fear or be dismayed; for the LORD is with you.” (v. 17).

Throughout our generation, we have seen spiritual attacks on the family. However, in these days of uncertainty and chaos, our eyes should be fixed on the Lord!  It is necessary for us to live wholeheartedly for Him and to teach our children to do the same. When we make HIM Lord of our home, like Judah, we too can be assured that God’s love and favorable presence is with us!  Like Jehoshaphat and all Judah, we pray that you and your household would rely upon the Brilliant One for ALL things. We have no might without Him. Today, we encourage you to reflect on your total faith in Him.

Abundant Blessings Always,

Michael and Gail Faulkner