When Solomon became king over Israel, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him what He could give him. Solomon could have asked for riches, property, fame, or anything – but he asked God to give him an obedient heart so he would be able to discern between good and evil. The task he had been given to rule over God’s chosen people was enormous, overwhelming, and maybe even intimidating. He also had to follow behind his father, King David, so he had “big shoes to fill.”
How An Obedient Heart is Necessary in Marriage
Husbands, God has called you to be the Spiritual leader in your home. If you are not filling that role, than you are not being obedient to what God has called you to be. Being a spiritual leader is not a part time or hit-n-miss job. It’s 24/7. Often the role of being a spiritual leader can be enormous, overwhelming, and even intimidating. It’s a big responsibility and when you stand before God you will have to give an accounting of how you filled your role as a spiritual leader to your family.
There is another way that you need to have an obedient heart as a husband. You can’t be a spiritual leader if you’re lacking in the spiritual side of life. You need to make sure your relationship between you and God is where it ought to be before you can spiritually lead anyone else. If you’re relationship is off, chances are there’s disobedience tied to it.
Lastly, as a husband who’s relationship with God is thriving and growing you should be allowing God to lead you in the leadership of your home and family. Are you listening to Him? Are you seeking wisdom from Him and asking Him to direct your paths? When you get the answer from Him, do you obey what He says – even if it isn’t the answer you wanted?
Wives should have an obedient heart too.
Wives, God has called you to submit to the leadership of your husband. That’s tough to do in today’s world. Submitting to him doesn’t mean that he barks a command and you jump to obey. It doesn’t mean that you should have no opinions. Each of you have been uniquely created and gifted and as you become one, you should use those gifts together to achieve and obey what God has for your family.
Your role as a wife submitting to her husband is a supportive role. When you know that your husband is in-tune with God, searching for God’s plan and will and he is stepping out in faith to obey and follow God’s plan, then you should align yourself to your husband and follow his leading.
What if your husband is leading you in path that goes against God’s Word? You should always obey God first. Pray about it and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in how to approach your husband in love and discuss how the path he is taking does not obey God. However, if it does agree with Scripture, than you should follow him and allow him to lead. What if he is wrong? Then you should be the first person to encourage him – not beat him over the head with a mistake.
Discuss together how you have (or have not) had an obedient heart in your marriage and in your God-given roles in marriage.
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