Monday, August 11, 2014

A Faithful Man, Who Can Find?

By R. W. McAlister

     Proverbs 20:6 asks a very sobering question...“But a faithful man - who can find?” If ever there was a day when our world needed faithful men, today is the day! 
     Listen, men - our world needs us today more than ever. Our world needs us to be Godly men. Your wife needs you to be a Godly man. Your children need you to be a Godly man. The church needs you to be a Godly man. Your business needs you to be a Godly man. Your community and your nation need you to be a Godly man. The whole world needs more men behaving Godly! 
     If families are going to survive in the 21st century, men will have to stop behaving badly and start behaving Godly. We’ve heard it said, and rightly so, “As the family goes, so goes society.” Take that back one step further, “As men go, so goes the family.” 
     Psalm 112 tells us exactly where the whole process has to begin. Verse 1, “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” This gets right to the root of the problem for most men. Too many men don’t have a healthy fear of God. Too many men don’t find great delight in His commands. The happy man is he that fears the Lord. He’s the kind who takes pleasure in his duty. He that fears the Lord, as a Father, with the disposition of a child, not of a slave, delights greatly in his commandments, is well pleased with them and with the equity and goodness of them. 
     Men, do you realize God has given you the responsibility of spiritual leadership in your family and in the church (Eph. 5:23; I Tim. 2:12)? Do you realize someday you’re going to give an account back to God of how you lived your life, and how you led your family spiritually (Romans 14:12)? Men, we have to assume our family responsibilities. We’ve got to be men of God and behave Godly because our souls and the souls of others precious to us depend on it so much!   

- R. W. McAlister preaches for the Anna Church of Christ in Anna, IL.He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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