Devotional Day 28 – A Happy Home

John 5:30: Jesus said, “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

Devotion:  Henry Ware Jr. (1794-1843), wrote a famous hymn the church enjoys singing today: “Happy the Home when God is There.”   Henry wrote in verse one:

Happy the home when God is there,
And love fills every breast;
When one their wish, and one their prayer,
And one their heav’nly rest.

Although Ware was a Unitarian minister (denying the historic doctrine of the Trinity), and the son of a Unitarian minister, his music shared the Gospel truth: God brings unity, peace, and harmony to families who love and serve Him.  The Lord helps families work together as they submit to God’s divine authority and direction.  It is disappointing Rev. Ware Jr. never grasped the revelations that family unity, peace, and harmony are an extensions of the internal loving-relationships of the Trinity.

Jesus told his disciples: I do nothing on my own.  The Son looks to the Father for decisions, directions, and timing (Greek, karios, God’s timing), which is revealed to him by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus does not speak until the Father speaks to him by the Spirit.  The Spirit does not move until given orders by God on High.  The three Persons of the Triune God-head (Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier) always, and in every way, work in unison with one another for one purpose: that the world may know the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ, the Lord.   The Trinity have graceful, choreographed, and orchestrated movements like the 2008 Russian Olympic synchronized swim team. 

What would happen to our families if we looked to one another with mutual respect, reciprocal affection, singular purpose, and loving unity like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?  Would we experience Henry Ware’s vision of a happy home?

Prayer:  God, we know you have perfect harmony, unity, and tranquility as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Help families experience this internal tranquility was we surrender to you.  Amen. 

Prayer Exercise:  “Home Prayer Alter” page 256, in Patricia D. Brown, “Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God,” (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003). ISBN: 0-779-6565-0. Copyright © 2003 by Patricia D. Brown.  All rights reserved.  

About Dr. Ivan E. Greuter

A native of Nebraska, Ivan accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and experienced a call to the ministry at a young age. He graduated from Kearney Senior High before attending Ottawa University (Kansas) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL to earn a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling (1999) and a Master of Arts in Philosophical Theology (2002). In 2014, Ivan earned a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Spirituality from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His dissertation: “Searching For God When You Have Lost Your Dogma: The Promise of New Life for an American Baptist Congregation by Increasing Passionate Spirituality through Devotional Consideration of the Doctrine of the Trinity and Natural Church Development.” He served as the senior minister at First Baptist Church of Wood River, Illinois (1999-2006), and Central Baptist Church of Quincy, Illinois (2006-2016) prior to joining the staff at West Side Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Ivan enjoys French cooking, fly fishing, gardening, and playing games with family and friends. Ivan and his wife, Rexanne, live in Topeka with their three children – two daughters and a son.
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