One of my greatest disappointments in growing up is realizing how much adults don’t ‘have it together’. Sometimes when I think about at my own failures as a husband and father I feel bad about the various ways I’ve let my family down. Much like the way I feel when I think of how often I’ve let God down.
As husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and children, we have all let each other down.
I’m not necessarily talking about betrayal within those relationships, but the poor decisions we’ve made that didn’t just affect us. Our selfishness and the times we have been a negative influence or even come between our loved ones and God.
But when I really read my Bible, I don’t feel as bad.
Many men in the bible were poor husbands, but God still told wives to submit to them…
Many women in the Bible were not perfect wives, but God still said to honor them…
Many of the children in the Bible didn’t honor their parents as they should, but God still said don’t provoke them to wrath…
When you carefully read your Bible you will see…
Eve allowed someone outside her marriage to her influence her. (Genesis 3)
Adam blamed his decision to disobey God on his wife. (Genesis 3)
Abraham, Sara, and Hagar’s baby-momma-drama (Genesis 16)
Eli’s sons were out of control (1 Samuel Chapter)
The favoritism of Isaac for Esau and Rebecca for Jacob. (Genesis 25)
The sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau. (Genesis 27-28)
Jacob neglecting his wife Leah. (Genesis 29)
The hatred Joseph’s brothers had for him. (Genesis 27-28)
Job’s wife in his ear telling him he should curse God and die instead of supporting him in his illness. (Job Chapter 2)
King David’s wife despised him because of his public praise (2 Samuel 6).
King David’s son trying to kill him. (2 Samuel 15-19).