Never Underestimate the Value of a Godly Home
Devotional
by Rich Bitterman
Published on June 11, 2024
Categories: Devotions

Never Underestimate the Value of a Godly Home

Long ago, before Jesus was born, in a place called Anathoth, there lived a group of priests. One of them, named Hilkiah, stood firm in his faith despite the darkness surrounding him. His home was a sanctuary of goodness in a land filled with evil.

“The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,” (Jeremiah 1:1).

This was a time of great turmoil in the land of Israel. The once-proud kingdom had been divided, with only two tribes remaining in the southern kingdom of Judah. The king of these tribes, Manasseh, had strayed far from the path of righteousness, leading the people into idolatry and wickedness.

Despite the warnings of prophets like Isaiah, the people continued to turn away from God, indulging in sin and immorality. The temple of the Lord itself had been defiled, transformed into a place of idol worship. Those who spoke out against this corruption were silenced, most often killed by the king.

Only three miles from Jerusalem rests a tiny, overlooked village known as Anathoth. Within it dwells a group of priests. Sadly, they are unable to freely practice their faith due to the desecration of the once-hallowed temple of God.

Among these faithful priests is Hilkiah, who clings to his devotion to God, refusing to embrace the pagan customs or change his name to be associated with Baal as was the custom with many other priests.

Jeremiah, a boy raised in this righteous home, emerged as a beacon of hope for the future. His name, meaning “the Lord throws,” symbolized his connection to the true God. Despite the wickedness outside, Jeremiah’s family ensured he grew up knowing right from wrong, guided by the light of God’s word. They shielded him from corrupt influences, refusing to let impurity infiltrate their home.

If they had a television at the time they wouldn’t have allowed paganism into their living room. If they had TikTok at the time they would not have allowed pornography into the house. They fed the purity of Jeremiah’s mind instead of letting the school system fill with postmodern thoughts. They couldn’t control the world around them, but the could control their home. They were devoted to God.

In a world where darkness seemed to reign, they chose to be a shining example of faithfulness. They knew that even in the darkest times, their home could be a place of warmth and light. God has orchestrated the family unit so that parents hold the greatest sway in a child’s life.

The peer group is powerful. The media is very subtle and intoxicating. However, the greatest influence of a child’s characters is still the parents. Never underestimate the impact of a Godly home.

You could be raising the next voice of truth, the next champion of righteousness. Embrace the power of your influence and let your home be a stronghold of faith and love.

BIOPastor Rich is a dedicated minister and experienced business owner. I received my Master of Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and my Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Spurgeon College. With over eight years of experience in the ministry, I currently serve as the Outreach and Evangelism Pastor at First Baptist Church Springfield, MO.

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