STANDING AT OUR POST
“I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on
almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation,
whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to
with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power”
Philippians 4:11-13 (TLB.
Today we look at the last three descriptions of the watchmen who fall down on their job. These Scriptures also challenge us as mothers because we are the watchmothers of our homes.
5. THEY ARE NEVER CONTENT
“Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough.” When wives and mothers become greedy for more and more things--better things for the home, better clothes, a better car, a bigger house, and so on, they turn away from the contentment God wants them to enjoy in the home. 1 Timothy 6:6 says “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
It is very easy to want more. Sometimes we think it is absolutely necessary. Everywhere I look in my home I see something that needs renewing. But I dare not dwell on it. I cultivate contentment. There’s nothing like it. It’s an enjoyable life.
God reminded His people in Nehemiah 9:21 that when they lived in the wilderness for 40 years that “they lacked nothing!” God provided them with daily food, but they didn’t have any of the conveniences we think are necessary today. Why do we think we have to have “things”? It’s amazing how little we can survive on if we have to. May God help us to truly be content.
Proverbs 15:27 says: “He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house.” Greed and discontentment go together.
“Dear Father, I do not want to bring trouble to my home. Please help me to be delightfully contented with what I have. Help me to realize that my children need me in the home far more than all the things I think I need. Amen.”
6. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND
“They are shepherds that cannot understand.” The HCSB says: “They are shepherds who have no discernment.” The mother who vacates her home cannot truly watch over her home. A watchdog is not watching if he is not at home. A true watchmother has to be at her post. Mothers who vacate the home do not understand the importance and necessity of their watchdogging career. They do not understand that there is more to mothering than feeding and clothing their children. We can do that part time. But it takes full-time mothering to faithfully pray and watch over the souls and spirits of our children.
“Dear Father, please teach me Your ways. Help me to see my role of mothering the way You see it. Help me to understand that You have given me the task of guarding and watching over the souls of my children on Your behalf. It is not something I can take lightly. You hold me responsible for this great task. Amen.”
7. THEY GO THEIR OWN WAY
“They all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” The NLT says: “All following their own path and intent on personal gain.”
Isaiah 53:6 reminds us that “we have turned every one to his own way.” We are prone to doing this, aren’t we? Especially when we are surrounded by a humanistic society and everyone else who wants to go their own way. It seems normal. But true watchmothers seek to find out God’s way.
As we are faithful to seek God’s truth and His plan for us we find that He doesn’t want us gadding about. He wants us to be watchmothers--standing at our post, guarding the souls and spirits of our children, resisting the devil, standing against all deception, and building a godly family and dynasty as we minister in our homes. Can you say Amen?
Blessings from Nancy Campbell
“Dear Father, please speak to me when I begin going my own way. I truly want to know Your ways and walk in Your ways. I want to be a responsible watchmother for you in my home. I ask that You will strengthen me and anoint me for this great task. Amen.”
I’m standing at my post. I am listening and watching for any deception, deceit, or evil the devil tries to bring to my home. I will send him running in the power of the name of Jesus!