Cheering Them On
Comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. 2 THESSALONIANS 2:17
Evidently Obadiah Holmes, who lived in the 1600s, understood the power of a good word, as evidenced by the following words to his lifelong bride:
Sorrow not at my departure, but rejoice in the Lord. In nothing be anxious, but make your request to Him who alone is able to supply your necessities and to help you in time of need. Let your love to me culminate in this: that it is better for me to be out of the body and to be with the Lord. Consider the fears you had concerning me every day, for the pains and weaknesses and dangers, now freed from sin and Satan and all enemies and doubts. At the resurrection, this weak, corrupt, mortal body shall be raised immortal and glorious.
And now, my dear wife, it will be but a little while before your day will end and your time comes to sleep with me in rest. . . . Be cheerful and rejoice in God continually. Care not for the things of this world. Say not, "What shall I eat, and with what shall I be clothed," for your Father knows what you have need of. And He has given you much more of these things than you and I ever could expect or have deserved, and you have enough and to spare if His good pleasure be to let you enjoy the same. If not, He alone is a sufficient portion.
Amen. Fare thee well.
Three hundred years later, Obadiah Holmes's words about how to love and live are still significant and relevant for us today.
Talk about how you treat the Scriptures in your home. Do you read them regularly to one another? How can you make the truth of the Bible central to your marriage and family?
Pray for an ever-deepening love and understanding of what the Bible says so that it will become for you a second language.