a cup of insight from the Bible to perk up your thoughts.
ab : Father
Symbolic interpretation: God before the house.
When God is set in priority first before the house we get ‘ab’ – father.
The lack of godly, good fathers and oversight is the cause of disorder and lawlessness (we’ll talk about that next week).
Deuteronomy 5:16 (NIV)
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
Whether in the home, office, or community, we need to consider that when God is put first, peace and order follows and where it does not, disorder.
Romans 13:1-2 (NIV)
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
Finally consider Paul’s exhortation:
Romans 12:18 (NIV)
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”