You are an Umbrella

The Umbrella of Protection

An umbrella?

Well you resemble one in a spiritual sense.

An umbrella protects. You, as a man, are an umbrella, or covering of protection over your family.

“For if a man know not how to rule his own house…” -1 Timothy 3:5a

Strong’s Concordance defines rule here as “to set over, to superintend, to be a protector or guardian. To care for.”

You work in concert with God, because spiritual protection originates from God.

“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, ‘Doth Job fear God for naught? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land’ Job 1:9–10

Spiritual protection is entrusted to the man of the family.

An umbrella protects. Sin smashes a hole in the umbrella.

When a man falls into sexual sin- when he is outside of God’s plan for sexual purity- both he and his family are exposed. Is that fair? Well, God’s ways are not man’s ways. If there was no reward for doing right, what would motivate a man to avoid wrong?

What would a break in protection look like? Deuteronomy chapter 28 is sobering, explaining blessing and curse.

You are a child of God. Think in terms of an earthly father with his child. When the child disobeys, the father is obligated to punish.

“A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.” Proverbs 13:24, The Message (MSG)

Sow and reap

Look at your life as a long continuum of sowing and reaping. Regardless of the source of sin’s consequences (God’s just punishment or our poor decisions), there is a price to pay for sin. Sin always hurts more than we imagined. God operates with perfect justice, but He is also merciful. A good earthly father is merciful and patient, to an extent, while his child learns right from wrong.

God punishes. And God forgives the repentant heart. Pornography is a trap. God doesn’t approve. If you’re into it, the best plan of action is to get right with God- for you and your family’s sake. The sooner the better. Why not close this chapter of your life?

 

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About Scott St. Onge

I help men become better husbands and dads through sexual purity.

2 Responses to “You are an Umbrella”

  1. Rick October 3, 2012 at 8:26 am # Reply

    Great article. Some might have a problem with God punishing while also forgiving. If so, then look at it as sowing and reaping because regardless of the source of the consequences (God or seeds sown) there is undoubtedly a price to pay. Sin has consequences and they are always more than we thought, last longer than we thought and hurt more than we imagined.

    • Scott St. Onge October 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm # Reply

      Very good point, Rick.

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