Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Small Journey

"I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised." (Genesis 18:19, NLT)

Men, our heavenly Father has separated us out, first as a man, but secondly, individually, because no one else can take your spot. The world needs you as a man. It's how God has designed reality. The enemy tries to make you believe that your choices and actions don't count; that they are insignifican't. The truth is they have eternal consequences for you and those who come after you; even those alongside you.

Individually, the Lord has called you and you alone to be the spiritual leader of your family. It is your role to set the standard of what is right and true, rightly applying the word of God. As a son of faith and co-heir with Jesus Christ, you also inherit your position from Abraham's lineage. The promise God made to him so long ago is still being kept today, partially through you. Read of the blessings and the curses that are associated with this covenant.

At times it is fitting we should be reminded of our failings as a man. This past week my son spent a good portion of an hour, driving a boat on a lake, at 7 years old, with seven other lives depending upon him. He had some instruction, enough to make him safe in the water, though he did not know all of the hazards that were present on the lake. He had some idea of how to operate the boat, though not all. He was able to handle the task at hand, because he followed the instruction necessary to complete his portion of the journey.

Last night, my son was being careless, and ignoring caution, while driving an empty shopping cart in Lowe's home improvement store. Feeling completely in control and not bothering to recall instruction, he crashed head-on into a stack of 5 gallon buckets, knocking them over and making a loud, noise in the store. How much better it is to make such mistakes when they do not cost the lives of others, but only cause minor embrassment. He's a boy in a hurry to grow up. He recently has made it known that he has trusted in the Lord and wants to follow in baptism. His journey has launched, not arrived.

Brothers, a man is a dangerous thing without the instruction of the Lord in his life. Today I want to remind us of the challenge we face as men. We are responsible for leading our families; wife, sons and daughters, through a world that continually is bent on convincing us either our choices don't matter, or we have no obligation to be obedient to the Lord's instruction. I challenge you today to remember the eternal consequences in our lives and those entrusted to us. We can't know all of the dangers or the blessings that await. What we can do is seek the Father's instruction today for those we will encounter today, and successfully navigate through this much smaller portion of the journey, safely transporting those in our care.

May we be humbled by our frailty as men to receive all our Father has for us.

Your brother in Christ,

James A. Miller

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