Family Rules

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

“I have something very important to tell you.” Grand pause. We knew what was coming, yet it felt like a surprise. “I’ve decided to get married this November. I’ve prayed about it a lot, and I know it is God’s will.” She’s an adult and able to make such a decision. Once again a decision by one family member impacts the entire family system and we will need to redefine who we are and how we will carry out God’s plan for our family.

God has a way of keeping us off balance. Somewhere I read that a rut is nothing more than a long grave, so God must be keeping our family alive!

It would be idolatry to worship family life or allow it to be the main focus of living. The Bible, however, gives many illustrations of the significance of families. Jacob and Esau had competed for years, with father Isaac showing partiality for Esau, and mother Rebekah favoring Jacob. The consequences were years of painful separation. Joshua announced his family would serve the Lord, and Lydia involved her entire family in her conversion experience. David’s family suffered the loss of a child and political penal- ties. Cornelius led his family to belief in Jesus. Likewise, we share our family faith and, when one rejoices, we all rejoice.


Dear Father, we know You set us in families and changes take place. Help us to accept the unexpected, to change with the challenges. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.