MARRIAGE BY PASTOR MENSA OTABIL
Living Word Devotional By Pastor Mensa Otabil
Thursday, July 18th 2019
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house. Your children like olive plants all around your table. —Psalm 128:3
God expects couples to be faithful and fear Him so they can attract His reward. He promises to bless a family that fears the Lord and walks in His ways.
What is the fear of the Lord? I define it as a healthy respect and reverence for God stemming from the knowledge of God and resulting in obedience to God. It is an attitude (respect and reverence) that results in an action (obedience).
The major responsibility is placed on the husband-man to create the atmosphere of “fear of the Lord”, then the blessings will follow. When a husband leads his family in following God, God says his wife can be “like a fruitful vine.” Being fruitful is not just limited to having children but also fruitful in wisdom, favour, understanding and all aspect of management. Proverbs 31 offers detailed traits.
The woman is also referred to in Scripture as a “vine” which is an emblem chiefly of fruitfulness, but perhaps also of dependence needing support. The children, biologically, adopted and foster are described as an “olive”, which depicts a vigorous, healthy and joyous life experienced within a marriage home.
Thy children shall be like olive plants round about thy table. The beautiful illustration is that in the grove, this aged and decayed tree is surrounded, as you see, by several young and thrifty shoots, which spring from the root of the venerable parent. They seem to uphold, protect, and embrace it. We may even fancy that they now bear that lead of fruit which otherwise would have been of the feeble parent.
This man who fears the Lord in marriage has his happiness from God and not circumstances in life.
Prayer: Lord, bless my marriage and my home with peace, joy and prosperity.
Scriptural Reading: Psalm 128:1-6