2 Kings 20:1
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”
When the courtroom gets a bit out of control, the judge will throw down his gavel and proclaim, “Order in the court.” The judge knows that the courtroom proceedings cannot be carried out when there is no order. Someone has to be in charge, and everyone must know their place and time to speak. There can be no justice without order in the court.
Likewise, a house without order is a home in chaos and will result in catastrophic lives. A marriage without order cannot last because it takes order for the marriage to be what God wants it to be. A home without order is a home where the children will likely become unruly in life because their parents did not help them establish order in their lives. Order is imperative for the home to be what God wants it to be and for those in that home to enjoy being with each other.
God told Hezekiah when he was about to die, “Set thine house in order…” It is sad that God had to tell Hezekiah to set his house in order because it should have already been in order. Hezekiah did well with running his kingdom, but he did poorly in running his home. It is seen in his son’s life when he immediately went against everything that his father had established right after he died. The fact that God wanted order in Hezekiah’s home should be a warning to you to be sure to keep your house in order. Let me give you three areas of order that must be kept in the home for the home to be what God wants it to be.
The first area of order should be your positioning of God in the home. God must be at the center of the home in order for it to be the home that lives godly. My friend, you don’t have to choose between family and serving God. You can enjoy your family and serve God at the same time if you and your family center your time together around serving God. The thought that you have to choose one or the other is exactly what Satan would want you to do. The home that sets God aside for “family time” is the home that is out of order. The home that leaves the family aside so you can serve God is also the home out of order. If God is at the center of the home, the family can serve God together. When all of the family activities are planned around God instead of planning God around family activities is when the home will be what God intended for it to be.
The second area of order is in personally living a righteous life. You cannot allow sin in your life and not expect it to affect your home. You can’t live in sin and think that your family can go on as normal. You are part of the family, and your sin affects them. Just because they don’t partake in your sin doesn’t mean that you are not adversely affecting your home. Sin always causes stress and chaos in the home. A home that is in order is a home where every individual lives a righteous life.
The third area of order is in the authority structure. God has ordained that the husband is the head of the home, the wife is to follow the husband as the children obey their parents. When parents make their home about their children, then the children will be leading in the home. Children are to follow the parents and not the parents following the children. If you keep the proper order of authority in the home, the home will enjoy peace because order always gives peace.