Devotional: ‘Act Like Men’

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Ruth 3:11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

Some believe that the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 was modeled after Ruth. It begins with – “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” How true these words are. There is nothing that can compare to a woman who fears God and who faithfully seeks to serve her family.

The Bible says that God created mankind both ‘male and female.’ (see Gen 1:27; 5:2) God created men to be men and women to be women. Deuteronomy 22:5 condemns cross-dressing. Deuteronomy 23:1 condemns sex changes. God created mankind both male and female and therefore it’s a wonderful thing when we see a man or a woman strive to fulfill God’s purpose for their being.

Women were created with very special gifts and abilities. A child is conceived in a mother’s womb and there it develops until the time for its birth. A mother then takes her baby and nurses it from her breast. A mother nourishes her child as she helps it develop into adolescence and eventually adulthood. Motherhood is a wonderful thing and I praise God for the mothers He has placed in my life.

Motherhood is wonderful, but so is fatherhood. We should remember that when God chose to reveal Himself, He described Himself as a Father. God is our heavenly Father and not our heavenly Mother. Scripture teaches us that God created the man first and then the woman from a rib from his side. When Jesus chose His Twelve Apostles, He chose men. Scripture clearly teaches us that God has placed the role of leadership, both in the home and in the church, upon the shoulders of men.

I love something that Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (ESV)

The church needs men who will be strong and courageous concerning the things of God. Homes need fathers who stand up and lead their family to do what is right. Joshua of the Old Testament was such a man. Consider his courageous challenge to the nation of Israel – “…choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) 

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