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Men are stereotyped to be strong and must have great authority. But human as they are, they aren’t perfect and can also face failures and mistakes in life. Men are not vocal when it comes to their feelings from fear of being laughed at and portrayed as weak. People must stop this as the following stories will remind us that even the most wicked or cowardly man alive, can still do great things with the help of God. If you are feeling lost or in need of God’s strength, think about these biblical figures, what they went through, and the best Bible stories for men.
Biblical figures of a conversation between God and Satan happened one day. When Satan told God that no one completely obeyed God and worshiped Him. But God knew a man and is confident that he was living a just and upright life. This man was Job.
God gave Satan permission to test Job’s faith that even caused him to lose all his wealth, his animals, servants and even his children while they were eating together. Yet, Job still does not speak evil against God. He even acknowledged that it was God who was testing him and he would continue to worship the Lord.
Job’s friends accused him of being punished by God for his secret sins, even his wife told him to curse God and die. Yet, Job maintained his innocence and patiently waited on God to reveal Himself and publicly justify Job to the world. He was later on rewarded twice of what he lost and he was so grateful until the very end.
To read more about Job: Read the story of Job (NIV)
Growing up as a slave in Babylon, Daniel was one day to a position of authority under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. His influence among the kingdom brought some godliness to that godless time. He then became friends with King Darius who grew fond of him. However, there were still men who were jealous of Daniel’s influence and position. In hopes of removing Daniel in his current position, they convinced the king to make a law that the people could only worship the king and no other person or god, as they knew that he is faithful in worshipping and praying to God.
Daniel heard of the decree yet continued to pray as he always had to the God of Israel which ended up to him being arrested. He accepted his punishment to be thrown in the lion’s den without complaint. King Darius fought the law on Daniel’s behalf, but it was too late. Daniel continued to trust the Lord and he received protection as the lions’ mouths were sealed and was not able to devour him.
While Daniel slept peacefully in the den of lions in biblical figures, Darius was up all night worrying about God’s man whom he found safe the following day. Daniel was brought out of the pit and the men who plotted against Daniel were then fed to the lions. The Bible says that their bodies never even reached the ground before the lions had devoured them (Daniel 6).
Known in the new testament as Saul of Tarsus who despised Jesus and Christianity, believing that they are trying to destroy the Hebrew God of the Old Testament. However, Jesus revealed himself to him and he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. Instead of persecuting the church, Saul changed his name to Paul and began to preach the good news.
Paul is well-known for his missionary journeys as he established many churches, trained young pastors and wrote a couple parts of the New Testament. He indeed is one of the great men of the Bible.
His stories. starting from him being an infant who escaped the bitter fate of Hebrew baby boys during his time up to the parting of the Red Sea has been continually popular throughout the years. The progression of events in Moses’s life reminded us that even a godly man can also struggle and fail in certain areas of life. Even if there are times that he failed, He tried His best to follow what God has planned. He loved the people of Israel who God called him to lead.
Even though Moses was born to a Jewish family, he grew up in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s house when she was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter floating in the river bed while placed in a basket. This is caused by his mother, Jochebed, in an attempt to save his newborn son from being killed. Moses learned from the best Egyptian teachers and scholars. He probably did not learn much about the God of Israel through his tutors, yet he grew up sensitive to God’s leading.
Moses declined God’s calling at first as he claimed that he was not a good speaker. Yet, with God’s help, he was able to lead the Israelites to escape Egypt and even to the edge of the Promised Land. Moses may have disappointed God with some of his actions but he repented of his lack of trust and was still used by God to accomplish His purposes. If an imperfect man can lead, you can do great things as well despite your shortcomings.
When Moses was still leading Israel, one of the young men who stood out was Joshua. He was chosen as one of the 12 spies to enter the land that God had promised to Israel. Though most of the spies returned with a discouraging report of the promised land, Joshua and Caleb reported all the wonderful things God could provide in Canaan.
As the people of Israel refused to enter Canaan, Joshua patiently trusted God. He acknowledged the authority of Moses and his position of leadership that God gave him. Joshua never tried to take over the authority of Moses. He waited until it was his time to lead Israel into the Promised Land. He was an obedient follower and was also known as a strong leader of Israel when they conquered the land that God had promised.
David was mentioned multiple times in the Bible as a man who followed God and was sensitive to the leadership of God in his life. When Saul’s reign disappointed God, He said that He would give the kingdom to a neighbor of Saul’s who was a better man (I Samuel 15). David was only a young boy with age of 8 to 12 years old, when God said this to Saul through Samuel. God already prepared a plan for David’s life as He knew that though David was still young, he would grow up to be a man in favor of God’s heart and plan for Israel.
You may have encountered his name in the book of Psalms as he wrote a lot of them. This doesn’t mean that David is problem-free as he wrote many of those precious poems even in the midst of trouble. He knew that his strength came from God. We are blessed by his writings today because of his demonstration of leaning on the Lord during times of trouble. His works are applicable to us now, especially during these times which are full of distress.
After God’s people escaped from Egypt, He brought them into the wilderness and promised to bring them into the Promised Land, which is the land He promised to Abraham hundreds of years before. God has promised His people that He would fight with them through every battle, and would provide their needs like food when bread and meat supernaturally rain down from the sky, and water came out from a rock. He had shown them His power when He rescued them from Egypt, saved them from Pharaoh’s army, and brought them through the Red Sea.
But still, when Moses sent out twelve young men to check out the land, ten of them came back showing lack of trust that they could win against the people who lived there, forgetting how strong their God is. Caleb was the one who stood up in front of the whole nation and reminded the people that despite the enemy’s powerful capability, they would win because they had the Lord on their side. Caleb and Joshua were the only two among the twelve who trusted and believed in God’s promises and His power.
Due to the people’s lack of faith, the Lord punished them by letting them wander in the wilderness for 40 more years. He made sure that no one of that generation would live to see them enter the Promised Land except for Caleb and Joshua. God said that Caleb “had a different spirit” and “followed God with his whole heart.”
When it comes to powerful prophets in the Bible, Elijah was always mentioned. He was known for his braveness when he stood up against the 450 prophets of Baal on the top of Mt. Carmel, shutting the heavens to cause a drought and then praying for rain that ended the drought, raising a widow’s son, parting the Jordan river and even going up to heaven in a chariot of fire in biblical figures.
However, his successor Elisha performed even more miracles than he did. In fact, according to the stories recorded in the Bible, he did exactly twice as many. Elisha asked for a “double portion” of the spirit that God had given to Elijah, just before Elijah went up to heaven to be with God. Elisha was different from those who asked for more power or glory to satisfy himself. Instead, he planned to use it for more ministry and more opportunities to serve.
From the beginning, Elisha was a man of service. When Elijah called him, he gave up his work plowing oxen to follow the call and even killed the oxen and burned the plow so he could not come back to it. Elisha became a well-known prophet in Israel who served the Lord in humility for six decades.
This is a story of three Jewish boys who refused to bow down to the King of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar. They grew as wise and respected high appointed officials in Babylon. Other Babylonian officials are jealous of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego.
So the other officials tried to use their faith as weakness when they convinced King Nebuchadnezzar to command that all people bow down to a golden statue. As men of faith, they refused to bow down and worship the idol which left the king no choice but to throw them into a fiery furnace which was heated seven times hotter than normal.
Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego had faith that God would save them. It shocked the King Nebuchadnezzar when he saw four men walking around in the furnace unharmed when he tried to look. It was Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego, with the Son of God.
The king immediately brought the young men out of the flames, promoted them to a higher office and sent out a decree that the God of Israel must be worshipped.
He may not be as famous as Paul but Barnabas played a large role in the establishment of new churches in the Greek and Hebrew world of his day. He was the man who chose to trust Paul and placed him under his wings when no one else wanted to trust Paul. Paul was once known to be Saul who was the great persecutor of the Christian church which made Christians afraid of him, but Barnabas knew that Paul also deserved a second chance for change and he made the right decision as the man became a great man of God.
Barnabas patiently trained Paul in the ministry and accompanied him on his early missionary travels. But later on, the two men split up and formed two new teams of church planters. Paul took Silas with him and Barnabas took John Mark. After they separated, the Bible does not mention much more about Barnabas. However, Paul acknowledged later in his life that Barnabas had done a good job in training John Mark for the ministry.
Barnabas is a great example that disciplers can also train men to disciple as well. A good teacher who does not look at one’s past and still teaches with passion can later on produce great results.
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