The Need of the Hour

Ray Pechardo

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Someone once said: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

We live in a time where there is really no more solid leadership. It seems that when leaders try to lead, they are constantly being challenged, to the point that they give up or give in. As a result, our society is in a mess because people are doing what they think is right in their own eyes!

God has always delegated authority to someone—specifically a man. We have heard this phrase mentioned often:

“Our country is weak because we have weak communities. Our communities are weak because we have weak churches. Our churches are weak because we have weak families. Our families are weak because we have weak men!”

I think the need of the hour is not only having solid men to lead, but godly men! Men who are willing to stand for righteousness. Men who are more concerned about pleasing God than pleasing people. Men not willing to give in to the compromise of this world but rather reprove worldliness in their own homes, in the church, and in their own lives! We need godly men, like Joshua of old, that will lead their homes to be godly homes!

Joshua 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

We need men just like Abraham who will command his household to keep the way of the Lord, to do God’s will, and not the parents’ will for their children!

Genesis 18:19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

The need of the hour is to have men like Noah to be an example of how to live righteously in a perverse and wicked generation!

2 Peter 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
Oh, how we need men that will live a life that is God-fearing and sin-hating like Job!

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

We need a generation of young men like Daniel, Joseph, and Josiah that will lead the way to the next generation of godly homes, so that we can once again have strong, godly churches!

God is still looking for a man—a godly man, a righteous man, a God-fearing and holy man that will make up the hedge and stand in the gap. But it will not happen if we, who claim to be Christian men, will not make a personal choice that we will be the one! It will never happen if there is sin in our own personal life, if we’re not willing to fight worldliness in our homes, and if we’re undecided where we stand in regards to holiness and purity. We men need to be the spiritual leaders in our homes, and we ought to be the godly examples in our church!

I’m concerned about our children’s future, because after we’re gone, they will still be here and their children and their children’s children might still be here. Only God knows how much more evil and wicked this world will be, and if God’s people don’t do anything about it to withhold God’s judgment and wrath to this nation, our children will be living in a much more dangerous, ungodly, and perverted generation!

Genesis 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but Sin is a reproach to any people.

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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