My people—ginfants are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
O my people, hyour guides mislead you
and they have swallowed up5 the course of your paths. – Isaiah 3:12
5 d“Behold, I will send you eElijah the prophet fbefore the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 6 And he will gturn the hearts of fathers to their children and the heartsof children to their fathers, lest I come and hstrike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”3 – Malachi 4:4-6
The verses above state clearly what God thinks about manhood and the roles and responsibilities of His men. Speaking to myself today, there have been years and years of men that have failed to grow up from boyhood to manhood. Whether it has been our past situations or the current experiences, many of us have “given up” on wives, children, and friends when it comes to manhood.
These scriptures were uncovered in Chapter 5 of a book I am reading by Tony Evans, named Kingdom Man. I encourage you to pick up a copy and take the challenge to read through this book. Although I have not completed the reading yet there have been multiple lessons that I am learning from, with this Chapter 5 subject of manhood becoming one of the most important. We have read story after story of men throughout the bible that took their time to get to manhood, yet others, such as David, that got there quickly. For it is not the age that determines when manhood begins, but the heart and attitude of the boy that is the factor.
So what is it for you this morning? What is the speedometer reading on your road to manhood? Are you holding the steering wheel with both hands and pressing the gas? Or does your foot gravitate on the brake pedal, not sure of what lane to choose?
The Kingdom man is steering straight, avoiding the rumble strip on the shoulder and pressing the gas to the highway of maturity and responsible living. Again, speaking to myself as I write this morning, I am the only one that can determine what my influence on my children, wife, and community will be. Do not let the experiences that may have slowed you down become the REASONS you stop driving the car. Pulling over to check your mirrors is ok, but you have to get the vehicle back on the road.
Male-hood is automatic – You were born there.
Boy-hood is over – No one is taking care of you anymore, you are responsible for yourself.
Man-hood is your calling – Stepping up to the responsibilities of stewardship, love, and protection for yourself and those in your care.
Father, show us what a Kingdom Man does. Place within us the desire to become the men that our wives deserve and that our children will long to become. Take away our reasons for slowing down or even pulling off the highway and replace them with the goals and intention of YOUR WILL in our lives!