Men, if we’re honest with ourselves, we are all guilty of neglecting our families on occasion, whether for work or recreation. At times, we may not even be aware that we’re doing it, but that’s just it, sin is not just the things we do that we shouldn’t, but also the things we should do that we don’t.
When our wives confront us on this matter, it is easy to get defensive and think or say things like, “Well, I have to provide for the family” or “I work hard, I deserve to unwind a bit”. In those times, let this simple thought propel you to humility and repentance: if we’re saved by the blood of Christ, God never neglects us. Those who trust in Jesus for salvation are God’s adopted children and he never plays the role of the absentee father.
I understand that he is all-powerful and he is everywhere all the time, but the truth still remains that God’s love for us has him “never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). God is always with us and always working all things together so that we will become more like Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Meditating on this reality, I’ve found, helps me see the areas where I should be giving time and attention to my family. There is usually always something we can say “no” to in order to be more like God in this way.