Your Whole Family
One of the most intriguing verses in scripture is found in Genesis 7:1: “The Lord then said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family….’” I believe those words are vital for God’s people living in the last days. The whole world around us is quickly corroding and deteriorating. It is evident that although Satan has multiple targets of ruin prior to the imminent return of the Savior, the destruction of family is among his highest priorities. Everywhere we look, we see families in peril. The work of the enemy in Adventist homes is staggering. In Christ's Object Lessons, Ellen G. White says, “The time is near when He will say, 'Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.'” We readily perceive the “indignation” of the times all around us. So, what does it mean when the Lord makes the statement, "enter into thy chambers and shut the doors about thee?” The reference points back to that dreadful moment just prior to the exodus when one of the plagues, the slaying of the first-born in Egypt, took place. God’s people were to remain within the security of their dwellings until the hand of God had finished sweeping through the land.
The key point is that their homes were not secure because of anything they could accomplish, but due to the promised presence of the Lord with them throughout the ordeal. The Bible says in Psalm 46:1-2, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
Our attitude and demeanor display whether we are with God or against Him. We are summoned to bear a positive witness to the omnipotence of God, to His unfailing faithfulness and to His magnificent goodness that He showers upon both the just and the unjust inhabitants of this world.
Are we in constant prayer for our families? In constant effort to bring them into His presence? Our homes and our families are the battleground between Christ and Satan. Who is winning at your house?
By Carlos Craig, President