What’s the problem with our families? In 1971, 13% of all families in the U.S. had a single parent. In 1996, the numbers more than doubled. As of 2008, 33% of children are being raised by a single parent.

Before I got saved, I used to think, “I’m not going to have any children.” My mind was made up, and I determined nothing would convince me otherwise.

But when I found out the Word of God gives a way to raise children, I had hope. So I got married and had two kids. Over 40 years later, I thank God both my kids are actively serving Christ.

You might ask, “Pastor, what was your secret in getting your kids to want to serve Christ?” I just followed today’s Scripture passage. It made me realize I couldn’t raise a family unless God was involved. As parents, we have the responsibility of building our houses. But we have to remember to let God oversee the construction project.

Maybe you’re a single parent struggling to balance the pressure of raising two teenagers and making mortgage payments. Or you’ve been married for a few years, and the harsh reality of married life is making you doubt your commitment to your spouse. You could be a single person who hopes to get married someday, but you don’t want a family that is another statistic against God’s ideal.

Though we can’t “make” a successful family, we can apply God’s Word to our efforts. Commit your family situation to God today and determine you will follow the “family zoning code” of His Word. When the winds blow, your house will stand firm.

The mind of Christ is to be learned in the family. Strength of character may be acquired at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. — Henry Drummond

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder