March 28 – COVID-19: Life in the New Normal (Day 3)

Read Ephesians 5:22-6:4

As people facing the realities of life in a COVID-19 / stay-at-home world, we are currently identifying an important, relevant word each day. We have already explored “sovereignty” and “community.” In total, we will explore seven key words that represent internal tensions in our lives in these challenging days.

  • Sovereignty
  • Community

Today’s word is “family.”

I have heard two prophetic statements related to this topic. The first prophet pointed to her expectation of a baby boom at the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021. The second predicted a rise in the divorce rate. Both of these seemingly contradictory prophecies are the potential by-products of increased time together in close proximity.

But, beyond the husband/wife relationships, there are other family realities that are front and center. Parent/child interactions also have the potential of growing or becoming increasingly tense. While home school parents may approach life in a business as usual” manner, others may be scrambling to figure out new norms and family rhythms. Parents may still be figuring out how to get their own work done at home, or they may be reeling in the new reality of being out of work. At the same time, they are making sure that children get their school work done without killing each other. Kids may be trying to understand boundaries and looking for something to fight the boredom.

These new realities force us to grapple anew with God’s plan for the family. If you read the Bible passage indicated above, you will be reminded of the following:

  • His plan for husbands – love your wife! Love her with your actions. Love her unconditionally. Love her sacrificially as you seek the best for your bride the way that Jesus does for the church.
  • His plan for wives – respect your husband! Respect him by honoring. Respect him always. Respect him by deferring to your groom the way the church does to Jesus.
  • His plan for kids – obey and honor your parents! Obey without complaint. Honor by serving. Honor them with your words and tone.
  • His plan for parents (dads especially) – instruct your kids! Instruct them in the things of God. Instruct them gently. Instruct them without exasperating them.

The present realities have the potential of catapulting families to become more of what God wants them to be or they can cause family relationships to slowly disintegrate. Our responses to God’s plan for the family will determine the outcome.

Steve Kern

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