Num 30:8 - Responsibility leads to Authority
God loves vows. When we dedicate something to Him for His glory it just makes Him smile. But a true vow is one that's made with pure intentions and not done rashly in a fit of emotion and zeal. However, if we do make a rash vow it still stands none-the-less. If we said something is going to be dedicated to God's honor (like tithing 50% of our income for a certain period of time or something like that) and then we turn back and do not do what we vow then we have sinned, thus grieving the spirit of the Lord. So it is very important to consider carefully before you make a vow. God takes these seriously.
As men and leaders of our home it is our responsibility to be the coverings for our wives and children - to be their protection not only physically but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We need to be so in tune with what's going on in our houses that if one of our kids or our wives make a vow we know about it. It's in the moment that we hear of it that a decision must be made. If it's a good vow we must give it our blessing, but if it's a rash vow it's our responsibility to stand in the gap and annul the vow. God will bless this.
Now, here's the crucial point for all of us men to understand - A man's authority in the home is directly linked to his responsibility in the home. If we fail in our responsibility then we forfeit our authority. Consider Adam - it was Eve who was tempted first while Adam stood passively by. If he would have protected her from entering into a conversation with a serpent then she would have been shielded from the temptation. Now consider a man in his home allowing the TV to be on all day long. His kids are now being exposed to temptations they should not be exposed to, hence he finds himself in the same passive position that Adam found himself in. And before long not only his kids are caught up in sin but he is too! When a man fails in his responsibility as priest and protector in the home he will lose all authority as priest and protector of those who dwell in his home.
So men, we must never fail to live up to this responsibility - we must cloak our wives and kids and hold them close to us so as to shield them from not only making rash vows but to keep them from making rash decisions. If we don't then we will lose all authority in their lives! And the sworn enemy of Responsibility is Passivity! Don't let passivity steal your wife and kids!
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