Life can be so ridiculously busy, it’s hard to find time to even sit down and spend a few moments with God. Whether it’s rushing to a work meeting, needing to fold the laundry, picking the kids up from school or studying for your mid-term exam, it’s easy to feel obligated to ten different things at every moment of the day. This morning, I
forced myself was so happy to sit down and read my morning devotion, Husband After God. Like so many other mornings of my life, I have 101 excuses in my head for not taking the time for my devotion, yet every single time I do it, I am filled with encouragement and challenge.
This morning’s reading was all about being called out and emphasizing what we as men are called to be/do and also the benefits of those actions. It starts off mentioning how many times men don’t want to be called out. Because it takes a certain level of humility to break down the walls that we have built up proclaiming who we are and how we enjoy doing things. So when a Godly brother tells us we need to spend more time in the Word, serve our wives better, or stop losing our temper at our children, our pride grows and we attack back and unfortunately isolate ourselves. But if we can break the walls down and accept the guidance and wisdom from Godly brothers, you’ll be a better man for it.
Here’s a few examples of what God is calling us to be:
- Be a provider
- 1 Timothy 5:8 (The Message) Anyone who neglects to care for family members in need repudiates the faith. That’s worse than refusing to believe in the first place.
- Be a man of the Word
- Psalm 1:1-6 (ESV) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
- Be the head
- Ephesians 5:23, 25-27 (ESV) For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
I think it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the role that God has called us as men to fall into, especially seeing that the above are only a few examples (more to come). But understand that living as a Godly man will grow you closer to God. This in turn will help deepen and strengthen your relationship with your wife. And the more you study the Bible, the more you will begin to respond to your children as Christ would. It’s an enormous amount of hard work but 100% worth it. There’s no other way.
Remember men, “you have been called to be set apart from the world. Live out your call boldly, for your life is a testimony of Jesus Christ. Through you and your marriage, others will find hope and salvation as you point them to God” (Husband After God, p129)