“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” –Hebrews 11:7
Noah was not a perfect man. However, he was a man that moved when he heard what God wanted him to do and acted according to faith and trust. He was ridiculed by neighbors and mocked by everyone around. Noah could have caved into the pressure of society, but he stood firm with what God had called him to do and because of his faith, his family was spared the catastrophe of the flood.
How many men out there are looking at their families with the same aspect of salvation? Too many men think that working a zillion hours and having a high-paying job is providing for their families’ future. However, if your family is complacent in their desire to follow Jesus and is too concerned with the cares and nuances of this world, how really good is their future?
We know that Christ is coming again and we can see that the inherent goodness of God in people is depleting from this world. You may think that we need to look to government to help us solve this problem, but we should look no further than the doorways to our homes. As men, we ought to paint the blood of the Lamb of God onto the entryways of our home (Exodus 12), signifying that our trust is in the Almighty Savior and our homes are His. A godly husband leads his family in this way. Having prayer with your family and for your family is a sign of leadership. Growing as a man of God in prayer, study, and being an example of His grace and love in the home has eternal ramifications.
In war where there are mountains and valleys in the battlefield, the goal is to control the mountain tops. Once the mountain tops are controlled, the valleys can be watched and guarded. Clearly you will see the enemy approaching and can prepare appropriately. When sin enters the home, it must be stopped in its tracks. If the husband/father refuses to address it in a way that shows Christ is the head of the home, it will continue to grow into other types of sin and soon sin will be a prevalent aspect of your home life. The mountain tops and valleys of your home will be controlled by the love of sin.
Part of the issue with many men is what I call the pansifying of men in this world. They are too afraid of making decisions to guide their families in the home in the way of Christ. With their children, they are afraid of challenging them to be more like Christ in their walk and in their faith and afraid of asking their children to honor them as Christ has instructed them to do so (Exodus 20:12). Instead, they choose to be best buddies with their children, applying discipline for disruptive and disrespecting behavior on rare occasions. Many men leave the raising of their children to the mother, completely ignoring the command of the Lord.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” –Deuteronomy 6:6-9
In relation to wives, many men have received the wrong idea of what Christ meant to be head of the home. In his article, Leadership in the Home – A Godly Man Leads, Tim Challies writes, “Christ loved the church so much that he never did anything harsh to her, he never did anything unfitting, he never did anything angry or unjust. He loved the church so much that he counted it as more precious than his own life. He gave up his own life so that she might live. This, Christ himself, is the model for you as a godly husband. If you wish to lead your family in a way that is faithful to Scripture, you will study the way Christ loved the church and you will seek to imitate your Savior.”
In this world, being a strong, faithful man of God in the home is becoming a rarity. Many men have failed to step up to the plate in protecting the home and placing trust and honor in God to provide. Instead, they opt for what the world offers and let sin creep in the door unchallenged. As men, we have to be better than this. We can’t be afraid of setting the standard with our own lives on how we are to live inside our homes. Many of the failures in this world would be corrected if men would be the example of Christ that He has intended for us to be.
We must look at this with the perspective of the battle between Christ and the fallen one. This is His battle to win for us, but we must become His foot soldiers in it allowing Him to win. With prayer, practicing faith, and fervent study, we can allow God to make us into the men He has intended for us to be like. And with this, we can stop the flood of sin into our homes and like Noah, save our families from destruction.
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” –Luke 17:26-30
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