By many accounts, Hebrews is the most beautiful piece of writing in the entire Bible.
The writer of the book of Hebrews was trying to convey one simple truth: do not drift.
The Bible is full of stories of people who, when they encountered circumstances in their life that they couldn’t understand, began to drift. They began to doubt the promises of God and instead turned away from Him to return back to a life they felt they understood better.
When the Jews came out of Egypt after 430 years and passed through the Red Sea, they weren’t in the wilderness long. But right when they entered the wilderness, they wanted to go back to the way things used to be. They wanted to go back to a predictable life, even if it was a life that was painful.
They understood that life. They wanted comfort more than they wanted something that felt uncertain.
When they entered the Promised Land — a world of possibility and no longer a world of pain — they were surrounded by a world of options. They were given the chance to enter the promises of God, but instead, they reverted back to their known world.
They drifted. They faded. They fell away.
We are all invited to enter God’s promises in our own lives, but we’re prone to wander, and too often we just don’t trust what God has promised us. One thing the book of Hebrews makes clear is that God always fulfills His promises, and no matter how bad our performance might be, His promises outweigh our performance. He is who He says He is, and we need to be able to rest in that fact.
As men are called to be leaders of the home, that implies that men are called to be leaders of the faith within their home. If the man drifts, so too will the family. Holding firm to that truth is the key to having a faith that endures through all of life’s trials, and it’s the anchor that prevents us from drifting.
James is both one of the most practical books in the Bible and also one of the easiest to digest. Written in a conversational tone, James provides a roadmap for practical Christian living and being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer.
James focuses on concern for the poor, the responsible use of wealth, control of the tongue, purity of life, unity in the community of Christ-followers, and finally patience and endurance in times of trial.
It offers plenty of Godly wisdom to serve as a guide to living fully human lives as God has called us to live.
While there are plenty of other books for men and fathers to read, these five books offer practical tips for being a husband and leader of a home, leading a Christ-centered family, raising Christian children, and living out a life of faith.
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