Last Sunday morning I attended the baby dedication service for my great granddaughter, Addison. The pastor, Robert Shaw, who is also Addison’s uncle, presented a beautiful message of dedication. He mentioned that children are a blessing from God, precious in His sight. He challenged her parents to raise and teach her in the ways of the Lord. He talked of responsibility of the extended family and the church to support her and her parents; to hold them up in prayer and to encourage them in the tremendous task before them. He offered a prayer of dedication, a promise of understanding that Addy does in fact belong to God.
Pastor Shaw then brought a message regarding the importance of fighting for our families. Taking most of his text from Nehemiah 4: 14 and 20 he encouraged me to be aware of the fact that Satan would like to destroy the family unit. Verse 14 says in part, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. All around me I see signs of a changing world, signs that the family unit is truly under attack. I need to take a stand, to fight for my family, my children and my home. I should pray daily for my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Then Pastor Shaw read verse 20. In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. God will fight for us! I believe loss will come only if we don’t fight, following God every step of the way, listening always for the sound of the trumpet.
What a blessing to know that not only will God lead us in the battle for families, but He will fight for us, even as His Word says.