By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.”
One of the greatest commands in the Scriptures that is ignored by many believers is the command that God gave to Hezekiah when he was about ready to die, which was to set his “house in order.” God was telling Hezekiah that he needed to get his family and finances in order because he would not be around to help them with these areas. Sadly, Hezekiah should have had his house in order long before God told him that he was going to die.
To have something set in order means to have everything in its proper place. Always remember that a house that is not in order is a house out of order. The result of a house that is out of order is chaos and pandemonium. Nobody wants to live in a home that is out of order. A home out of order is a home where the marriage struggles, the children are undisciplined, and the finances are usually in ruins. Let me give you several areas where you need to work on keeping your house in order.
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First, keep your house in divine order. In other words, God needs to be first in the home. A house in order is a home that plans itself around God’s activities instead of planning God around personal activities. As much as God should be first in an individual’s life, so He should be first in the home. Your home will never enjoy the blessings of God and the peace that God wants to give the home if those inside of the home don’t keep God first in their lives and in the home.
Second, have an authority order in your home. There must be structure in the home in order for the home to be happy. God’s order for the authority structure of the home is the husband is the leader of the home and for the children to follow and obey the parents. If the wife or children lead in your home, your home will not be what it is supposed to be. The man of the house needs to be sure to lead his home and love his wife as the Scriptures command if the home is going to keep its authority order.
Third, have a focus order in your home. In other words, keep the ministry first before pleasure. There is nothing wrong with enjoying time together, but the ministry must not be something we plug in to our schedule to feel spiritual, but it must be something we live. Too many people want to place the ministry after the family when the family needs the ministry to work together. The greatest time of dialogue you will have with the family is while you are serving the LORD together.
Fourth, keep financial order in your home. Your finances must be kept right if you want to have the ability to enjoy life. Your family should tithe, but it must also keep the order of work and obligations before play. Too many homes get themselves into financial trouble, which causes stress on the home because they are a financial mess. Keeping God’s financial order in your home will relieve your home of stress.
Fifth, keep an atmospheric order in the home. There must be an atmosphere of respect and love in your home. Having a pleasant atmosphere in the home helps you to enjoy being at home with each other. Never allow fighting with each other; resolve your differences quickly, and the atmospheric order will produce a place of tranquility and joy.
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