In memory of Reverend George L. Allen
by Robert Stewart
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).
If there is a real man in the house, how will he determine the role he should assume? The good news is that there is an instruction manual that can answer this question, if men would only seek it. It is called the Bible, and like all good manuals, it is written by the maker of the product.
God has some specific things to say in His instruction manual concerning what He wants men to be. Knowing who you are and how you are supposed to run your life is easier when you allow your maker to provide the directions. God, too, is looking for real men. In 2 Chronicles 16:9, the prophet Hanani says that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart and behavior are consistent with the plan He created for them. To decipher the design of that plan, today’s male has to first wade through a multitude of myths about what it means to be a man.
Let us look at Abraham who never gave a law like Moses, never sang a song like David, never composed a proverb like Solomon, never uttered a prophecy like Isaiah, and never wrote a book like Jeremiah. Still, he is known as “the father of all those who believe.” and as “the friend of God.”
Not only did Jesus not have a penthouse apartment, He had no place to lay His head. Not only was His personal holdings not vast, He was so poor He had to borrow a boat, a donkey, the upper room, and even a tomb in which to be buried. Yet, He was the greatest man who ever lived.
So in my closure, if manhood is not measured in terms of strength, travel, or wealth, what else is left? When we study the Bible, the answer to what makes a real man is quite evident. It is his obedience.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).