As I read the scriptures I am reminded that my older daughter once told me that I seem to “lower the hammer” on Fathers every Father’s Day, and as a son and a Father, I do tend to lovingly lift Mothers up on Mother’s Day.
In Psalm 1:1-3 quoted below, we are told where we are not to tread. However, we as men are more likely to seek the counsel of the ungodly, stand with the sinners, and become a part of the scornful. We seem to delight in going against the grain of God, rather than walking with Him. Being “macho” seems to require us to defy God with all our being. We seem to act as if the “blessings of God” are “modern charity” or welfare.
God blesses those who earn the blessings. To delight in God’s law and to meditate (pray) night and day is hard work for all of us, especially for men. For us to find time to read our Bible, to spend time in focused prayer, and to consider God’s law and how it concerns our family is not easy. When we intentionally, from our heart, seek to satisfy God’s Will, we will have honestly earned what blessings God gives.
Fathers, it would behoove us to follow God’s direction, and to do his Will, for our delight ought to be in His law. Our delight ought to be in pleasing God through His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ.
We, as Fathers, must be that mighty oak planted by the river, strong within the Lord, obedient within the Lord, and prospering within the Lord.
This Father’s Day, resolve in your heart: first to start looking towards God, start removing yourself from the counsel of the ungodly, and then start looking more fervently towards God and repenting of those sins you have acquired. As the final step towards God, remove scorn, (a bad, hateful, bitter attitude) from your being, and start delighting in the presence of God.
As I have been writing this devotion, the song, “Precious Memories” has been playing, and the lyrics, “He is the peace before the storm” brings to mind we know that a storm is coming. Let us prepare, with God firmly within our heart, so when that storm does arrive, we know we will have an anchor that not only holds, but lives within us.
Bro John R. E Chastain