Eph 3:13-15 LITV
(13) Therefore, I ask you not to faint at my troubles on your behalf, which is your glory.
(14) For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(15) of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,
Pro 3:1-4 LITV
(1) My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands,
(2) for they shall add length of days and long life and peace to you.
(3) Mercy and truth will not forsake you, tie them on your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
(4) and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
During the past years or so, I put on my own hands to research on my “Family Roots”, finding many surprises among the way, and with those surprises more questions than answers I must add. On my research I also added the Bible for me to include those on my “Family Roots”. And this is what I found…
Eph 3:15 LITV
(15) “of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,” I do cary my Lord Family’s Name with me… Wowwwww!
OUR LORD put within the reach of His noble Forerunner the blessedness of those who have not seen and yet have believed; of those who trust Him though they are slain; of those who wait the Lord’s pleasure; and of those who cannot understand His dealings, but rest in what they know of His heart. This is the beatitude of the unoffended, of those who do not stumble over the mystery of God’s dealings with their life.
This Blessedness is within our reach also. There are times when we are overpowered with the mystery of life and nature. The world is so full of pain and sorrow, strong hearts seem breaking under an intolerable load. God’s children are sometimes the most bitterly tried. For them the fires are heated seven times; they suffer, not only at the hand of man, but the heavens seem as brass to their cries and tears. The enemy of souls has reason to challenge them with the taunt, “Where is now your God?”
You and I have perhaps been in this plight. We have said, “Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?” We are tempted to stumble; we are prone to fall over the mysteries of God’s dealings with us. But it is then that we have the chance of inheriting this new beatitude. If we refuse to bend under the mighty hand of God–questioning, chafing, and murmuring at His appointments–we miss the door, which would admit us into rich and unalloyed happiness; we fumble about the latch, but it is not lifted. But if we will quiet our souls like a weaned child, anointing our heads and washing our faces, then light will break in on us from the eternal morning. The peace of God will keep our hearts and minds, and we shall enter upon this blessedness of which our Lord speaks.
So let me ask you, which family name do you have? Who you will serve? As in
Jos 24:15 LITV
(15) And if it seems evil in your eyes to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether the gods whom your fathers served Beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.
We Cary His Family Name…