Roles of Biblical Manhood – The Prudent Leader
A biblical man should be a prudent leader, and do his best to foresee when some kind of danger, has arisen or is on the way. Not just for himself, but for his family.
While having a hopeful realism in life, we cannot ignore the pitfalls and snares that are set for those who pursue folly and iniquity in this world.
This is part of being a prudent leader as a biblical man, training up our children in the way they should go. We are to be purposefully teaching them the dangerous consequences of sin and ungodly behavior in this life.
All of this should be done, with the ultimate understanding, that the Lord will eventually come as a thief in the night, and that we should all be ready for that.
The Wise Man
No doubt, active fathers hold center stage when it comes to the emotional and physical well-being of their children. There is no one better placed by God, to teach a wholesome and realistic outlook as effectively as a dad.
There is only one place, that a man can get the kind of wisdom and understanding that he really needs to have a biblical outlook, and that is the Bible.
In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs is a great place to start, when it comes to growing and increasing our wisdom in this life, and how to anticipate what certain behaviors and events will produce or result in.
Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
Proverbs 2:10–11 “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”
In the Bible, we are told to train up our children in the ways of God, so that they will remember them, and their importance when they are old.
A good father takes this God-given responsibility very seriously. He does his level best to anticipate and forecast when dangerous circumstances have arisen that might impact his family.
A godly man will stand against sin in his own home, knowing that the consequences will eventually come and bring with them, the fruit of iniquity.
The bitter fruit of iniquity is hard to stomach spiritually, and it affects everyone in the home once it is brought in. It is better to prevent it in the first place than to deal with it later.
We need wisdom from the Bible, to be watchmen for our family.
In the Book of Ezekiel, we find a warning for the watchmen.
Ezekiel 33:6 “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
In our case, we are the watchman, guarding and watching over our family.
It is a father’s responsibility to anticipate and do his best to avoid the dangerous effects that life in this world can have and to protect them from any harm that might come their way.
It is true that as biblical men we know that trials and hardships will come into our lives and that those things often make us stronger. However, that is only true when we are able to successfully navigate through those storms, or we have someone to help us through.
A Biblical man realizes these truths. He is to understand the laws of sowing and reaping and teach his children the benefits of godly living, and the dangers of sin.
It is easy to see how fathers can fail to spend quality time with their families, considering that in most cases, they are very busy providing for their families. But this cannot serve as an excuse.
We often run on limited time, and after a long day at a demanding job, we just want to go home and rest.
There is nothing wrong with some rest, but on the other hand, if not kept in check, that can turn to slothfulness, and then neglect, and neglecting your family is a sin.
Living that way will have a predictable outcome as well, and we need to be wise enough to know better. A lazy watchman is a sleepy guard.
Throughout the scriptures, we see a predictable pattern that becomes obvious in the course of human history. We have a decision to make about the direction our lives will take.
There are two ways that a person can go, God’s way, or the world’s way. Either path will lead to a predictable outcome. Paths have destinations.
As the leaders in our family, we have to make a choice which way we will lead them. As biblical men, we must lead by example. Prudent leaders know the way, show the way, and go the way!
For the Christian man, this should be true at work, at church, and at home. Integrity demands spiritual consistency.
If you have a wife and children, you do not have the luxury of simply making choices for yourself alone, they will all be affected by every choice you make.
James 4:4 “…..know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
The “world” here is speaking about the fallen world system that pursues sin and denies God. It is the “way of the world” that allures and entices so many men around us.
1 John 2:15–17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
As Christian men, we have to make a choice ourselves, and we have to teach our children what the right way is. If we don’t lead them and teach them, somebody else will.
These choices, will without a doubt, lead to predictable outcomes.
One of the greatest leaders in the Bible, Joshua, made this exact point in his own generation.
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
There are many scriptures that contrast these two different directions that we can choose from. The entire Bible is about making the decision, to live for God, or not.
The predictable outcomes are also listed prominently, according to the choices we make.
Proverbs 2:21–22 “For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”
Proverbs 4:14–18 “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
Proverbs 9:6 “Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.”
Proverbs 10:29 “The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.”
These are just a few examples of the choices that every man must make, and the predictable results of his choices.
However, there is one verse in the Bible that says it all when it comes to which way a man should choose, and the predictable destination, of that path.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The early Christians were often referred to by others, and by each other, as followers of “the way”. Are you a “follower of the way”?
The biblical man realizes that his family is in the balance and that God is paying attention. This choice is not, and should never be, taken lightly.
If as biblical men, we can predict one thing for certain, it is this! The Lord Jesus will not wait forever, he has promised to return.
1 Thessalonians 5:1–2 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”
We have to live with the end in mind, and the fact is we have no idea when that day is coming. So, every day counts.
Jesus is coming back, and we have to prepare ourselves, and our families, spiritually, for that event.
Here is how you can prepare spiritually, and know that Jesus is your Savior.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
First, you must realize that you have sinned against a Holy God, and stand guilty before Him.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
There is a price that must be paid because of your sin, and that is death, both physically and spiritually in a place called Hell.
However, the gift of God is that Jesus paid that price on the cross, with his own blood, where he died and then rose again from the grave, to pay the penalty of your sin.
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loves you!!! More than you can ever fathom! He sent his son, Jesus, to die in your place, so that you can come back to your Heavenly Father, through the precious and holy sacrifice of his son.
Romans 10:9–13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you will acknowledge that you are a sinner, and will repent of that sin right now, and believe in your heart that Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, died to pay your penalty, and then was risen from the grave, then you will be saved.
If you haven’t already done that, will you do that right now?