gen 17v18 O That Ishmael Might Live Before Thee
"O THAT ISHMAEL MIGHT LIVE BEFORE THEE!"
We must leave our families, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters in the hands of God. If they are saved, like all other sinners, they must be saved by the sovereign will and pleasure of God, by his free grace in Christ. Your family no more deserves God's grace than mine. And my family no more deserves God's grace than any other man's. Our children, like all others, are children of wrath, deserving God's just punishment for their sins. If God saves our families, we will serve him with gladness. And if God does not save our families, we will still go on serving him with gladness. Even with regard to our beloved families, we must, like Eli, say, "It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good" (I Sam. ). We dare not rebel against the sovereign purpose of our God.
we must make certain that none in our households perish through any neglect or
carelessness of our own. It is a tragic fact that
There is nothing selfish about exercising special care for your own family and earnestly seeking your own family's salvation. In God's providence, your family is the first, primary sphere of your responsibility. It is not wrong, but most natural and proper, that your desire for the salvation of others should, first of all, be toward your own family. Those who live under your roof have special claims upon your care. God has not reversed the laws of nature. He has sanctified them by the rule of his grace. It is only right that Abraham should pray for Ishmael, that Hannah should pray for Samuel, and that David should pray for Solomon. It is only right that Andrew should first find his brother, Simon, and bring him to the Savior, and that Eunice should teach her son Timothy the way of salvation and life in Christ. Let every believer resolve, by the grace of God, to do whatever can be done to bring his or her family into the kingdom of heaven.