Today we move on in our marriage study to the role of the husband (Ephesians 5:25-33; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7). Due to the spiritual declension that has gripped our nation over the past 50 years, we are living at a time when the biblical role model for a Christian husband is at an all time low. We are living in a post-Christian era in America. Many Christian men in the Church today did not grow up in a Christian home; thus, they never had the privilege of having a Christ-centered father/husband as a living epistle to follow. But does that mean we should toss away any chance of being a godly husband or father? Absolutely not! God has given to us His written Word (Matthew 4:4) – our visible “GPS” (an acronym for “God’s Perfect Solution”); and He has given us the Spirit of God within (John 14:16-17,26) – the invisible “GPS”.
As we examine the role of the husband, we come face to face with the vital place that he has in the home. God has ordained the husband to be the provider for his wife and family (1 Timothy 5:8; Proverbs 19:14a). He has been commanded by God to “study” his wife and interpret from her words and actions what her needs are, and, provided that they are within the boundaries of Scripture, meet those needs (1 Peter 3:7; Ephesians 5:29,30).
The absence of biblical headship in the home has caused a great disaster in our society, and even within the Church. Granted, in many ways the family is facing challenges and battles today in an unprecedented way. However, Jesus has promised for those who hear and heed His instruction a solid rock that will withstand the winds of change and adversity (Matthew 7:24-27).
God calls men to be just that….men, who do all things, especially things within the family, with charity (1 Corinthians 16:13,14). Yes, Eve did first eat of that forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6), but when God came knocking on the door of their home, He addressed the question to Adam, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) May every husband reading this article and listening to this message today interpret that question from Jesus as a personal invitation to go to Him for all the help, grace, and strength that we need to be the loving leaders He has called us to be.