In a previous post we looked at God's design for men and women in general, but today we will look at the application of those differences. In the Bible we read that God has designated that the office of an Elder be only held by a man. However, not just any man can hold the office of an Elder, he must have the following characteristics:
An overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He may not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil (1 Tim. 3:1-7).
It is hard to trust in God when you are trusting in yourself. I had committed to a job in Colorado when I discovered the opportunity was not what I expected. The manager who was supposed to be my boss when I was down there was no longer going. The contract negotiations had fallen through. I decided to ask if it was a possibility for me to stay in Ottawa instead of going to Colorado. They said, yes, but I asked for the rest of the day to think about it before I gave my final decision. During this time I went up to my parents cottage to think and this verse came to mind.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and He will act (Ps. 37:5).
As I read this verse I began to get frustrated. What does it mean God will act? I am the one who has to make the decision at the end of the day. After all, He is not going to answer for me! These were my true feelings and I even wrote them down at the time. I wasn't mad at God, it just did not make sense to me.
My wife and I recently went to my cousins wedding in Florida. We were only going for a weekend, but my wife really wanted to go water skiing at the Swiss Waterski Resort. As we were discussing our plans, it became clear that it would be very difficult to make it to the school. It would require us to leave early and miss out on planned events. It then dawned on me that we were making all of these plans for 10 minutes of skiing. The decision became very clear after that.
This situation is like sin in our lives. Sin is "enjoyable" for the 10 minutes it lasts, but it causes us to miss out on the more important things in life. It is similar to eating a good meal that tastes so good that we go back for seconds. The taste is so delicious that we think we will be satisfied if we can just have a bit more. However, the satisfaction never comes and we feel sick to our stomachs and eventually will become obese. Food is enjoyable, but is typically forgotten once it is eaten, and without s…