Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Genesis 7.1
But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. Joshua 6.25
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16.31
Emily Chamberlain, my paternal grandmother, was a woman full of faith. A woman that took The Word at its word and stood her ground. She firmly anchored her faith and hope in the God of the Bible and never flinched. She was something else.
When I was about 9 or 10 and I mentioned to her that I thought heaven sounded kinda boring, she told me if I needed my fashion dolls in heaven to be happy? I’d have them.
When I asked Jesus into my heart in 1959? She and Grandpa were the first ones I told.
When things went awry? She immersed herself in crafts.
When Christmas came along (one particular year) and she had new parfait glassware? She made beautiful ice cream parfaits for all of us. With.red.and.green.creme.de.menthe. between the layers of vanilla ice cream because it looked pretty? Yes, it was 25% proof and she served it to her 10 and 14 year old granddaughters. (This is a hysterical family story and I’ll save it for another day.)
When her family began falling apart? She banked on Acts 16.31
I mean, B A N K E D. Set her face like a flint and didn’t budge. If God wrote household? He meant household. She had the faith of an army. She believed every noun, verb, adverb, adjective, and pronoun written in the pages of The Book.
If God said, “You and all your household. Household and all who belonged to her. You will be saved, you and your household?”
He meant it.
She believed it.
She took those words and that faith to her grave at 79.
Who’s in my / your household?
What am I / you doing to gather them in?
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