This is a bit of a follow up on yesterday’s tip.
In the book of Exodus, God warns what will happen if the people get too friendly with folk who worship other gods. These things include:
“and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.” [Ex 34:16 NKJV]
There are a a number of places in the Bible where this warning was not followed. One example is:
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. [1 Kings 11:4-8 NKJV]
The wisest man was brought down because he followed his wives wrong spiritual directions. If Solomon and other great men of the Bible could be lead astray, then so can we – and we must be on our guard. And no, this is not something that is no longer an issue since Jesus came – I have seen ordained men lead astray by their wife’s wrong spiritual ideas.
I realise this is not something any of us want to think about. If we have to deal with it, we already have the problem of our bride having move away from the truth of God. But in addition to guarding yourself, being aware of any problem quickly will improve your chances of helping your bride avoid going off into something she should not.
So, stay strong yourself, and pray for your wife and your kids spiritual walks. Be aware of what is going on with your family members, ask questions if something seems odd, and speak up in love if something is off.