When we think of a frontline we often think of those in uniform. They are those closest to the enemy, fighting to protect something. We admire their bravery and boldness. As men, we naturally find ourselves longing for that frontline experience. We want that excitement, and that pride, and responsibility. We want to experience the rush of a win.
Not all of us take to the Army for that experience. Many men take on that frontline challenge in the form of careers, family matters, and spiritual leadership. Some men take it all on! Kudos to those men who take on a challenge by the shoulder and look it in the eye. It is honorable and exciting to take a role of accountability and ownership. It fulfills this void of purpose we perpetually attempt to fill. While it is certainly exciting being on the frontline, it also brings immense pressure.
This pressure is so intense at times that some men leave it all behind. They leave their families, their work, and the uncertainty of it all. As we find ourselves in these places of high responsibility, it is easy to forget that there is one that goes even in front of us. Earlier this week I was talking with a friend about a relationship issue I was having. I named all the things I had done in efforts to rectify this issue, to no avail. This friend looks right at me and says, “Well, have you prayed about it?” To be transparent, I got irritated in that moment. My pride flared up and I wanted to say “Now what good will that do here? I’m responsible for this. I need something done now!” But then the spirit came over me and showed me something.
Men, we are not the true frontline in our lives. In John 15:5, Jesus explains that he is the true vine and we are the branches. He says, “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” Too easily, we forget what our order of responsibility is. God goes before man. As leaders, we will have responsibilities, and people may come to us as their frontline, but as leaders, our frontline is God. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. As we stay close to God, we can give Godly direction. God’s productivity and protection are unrivaled.
For those men who have abandoned their hopes out of the fear of failure or not knowing what to do, I want you to know that there is one that goes before us. If we will just acknowledge him, he will set our paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). James 1:5 says our God is generous and will grant you the wisdom you ask for. It is never too late to ask God for wisdom and turn around as Samson did. You are loved.