1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
6 May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel!
We live in contentious times. In fact, it has been a long time since I saw our country so divided, with so many expressing such concern about the state of things: how divided we are as a people and what, if anything, can be done to improve matters.
Well, let me offer a suggestion. Read the Psalm above and think about how when we follow God’s guidance in the home, the result is a “peace that passes all understanding.”
I am not naive. I understand that one of the things people are arguing with each other most vehemently is just exactly what constitutes following God’s guidance. Still, I can’t help but believe that when people prayerfully and sincerely seek God’s guidance, God listens and responds.
The answer we receive about what troubles us the most may be surprising, not at all what we first expected, certainly not what the popular culture says – but it is truth and it can be counted upon in both the best – and worst – of times.
So, if you want to be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem – I suggest we all pray that our families, large and small, be led “in the way we should go.”
Surely that is a better plan than just listening to all the “experts” telling us what to do.