Summary: A Father’s Day Message
GOD’S PLAN FOR THE MAN
INTRO: If there’s anything in shortage today it is men. Real men who will say as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Not everyone who is a male is a man. I mean a real man, a godly man. You can be born a male, but it takes maturity to be a man. You’re young only once, but you can be immature forever. I am talking about being a real, masculine, virile, Godly, Biblical man.
What is real manliness? What is God’s plan for the man? If you get a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a stereo, a CD player, etc., you get a book of instructions. If you get a new automobile, you get a book. God has given us a book. It is the Word of God and from the Word of God we’re going to find God’s plan for the man. We’re not going to get it from Tom Brokaw. We’re not going to get it from Donald Trump. We’re not even going to get it from John Wayne. We’re going to have to find out from God’s Word what God’s plan for the man is. There is a basic fundamental difference between men and women and the devil is doing all that he can do to blur that distinction.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that God made them in the beginning, male and female. There are those who trying to tell us that there is no fundamental difference and they’re doing that in the name of equality. Men and woman are equal, but they are not the same.
God made man and God made woman. God made them different. God made them different for a purpose. In this Psalm we are going to find out what a real man is. God’s plan for the man.
I. A REAL MAN WILL HAVE A FAITHFUL WALK (v. 1).
This verse talks about the pattern that a husband and father is to set before his children. He is to be a worshiping Father. He is to be a godly husband. He is to have a personal walk with almighty God. His wife and children need to see the husband and father walking with God. In the home, the man is a figure, a picture of Almighty God.
What did Jesus teach us to call God? Our Father. If you’re a child and you have a father then what is your mind going to say? God is like Daddy. We are taught to pray to God, our Father. In the home, the husband represents Almighty God to his children, and the Lord Jesus Christ to his wife. The Bible says that God sent his Spirit into our hearts crying Abba Father. That means Daddy, father.
Fathers, the reason you ought to live such a godly life is that you are modeling before your family what Almighty God is like and what the Lord Jesus Christ is like.
Look at I Corinthians 11:3-7. This verse tells us that while God the Father and God the Son are co-equal and co-eternal that God the Father is the head of God the Son and while the husband and the wife are of equal worth, the husband is the head of the wife. And then Paul says in verse 7 speaking of the man, “... he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” He, the man, is the image and glory of God.
The woman is the glory of the man. That is, in the home the man pictures almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The woman pictures the church, the bride of Christ. Men, listen. Don’t ever get the idea that religion and spirituality is primarily for the woman and the children. God demands more spirituality from the man than the woman. God puts a bigger responsibility on the man than on a woman. And if your home is not right, you share the primary responsibility. Not her and not the children. Men, we are the head of the home.
II. A REAL MAN WILL HAVE A FRUITFUL WALK (v. 2).
God’s plan for the man is to provide for his family. He is to be a provider for the home. This goes all the way back to Genesis 3:19. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.” Now he’s saying it’s not going to be easy. And that ladies is why God gave men a tough exterior. He’s suppose to be tough because he is the primary bread winner. God did not make the woman to be the primary bread winner. God made you ladies, to be the nurturer.
God made the man to provide. That provision goes beyond food and clothing and housing. If you think that you can give your kids things and put your wife in a beautiful house and you’ve done your job, you’re wrong. You are to provide the emotional and spiritual security of that home. We have a generation today that has forgotten that principle.