This week in our discussions we’re going to talk about fathers, since this coming Sunday in the USA is Father’s Day. Our inspiration today comes from Genesis 26:23-24 which says:
“From there Isaac moved to Beersheba, where the Lord appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.”
Now, depending on who you had as a father, you would be very suspicious of this God, run for the hills or be thrilled He showed up. Over the years we’ve put a lot of pressure on fathers (and men) to be these incredible role models and many seem to fail, some more spectacularly than others. Now, I know no one is perfect, and we’ve all fallen short of the amazing people we could be. But some of us have made some significant decisions to not live up to the potential we have.
The reality is that no one will always live up to our expectations and some people will continue to make poor decisions, even when it directly impacts others.
The good news is that that’s not the case with God. It’s not His nature to leave you hanging, forget the child support payments, ignore you when you call, or brush off your excitement about a drawing or accomplishment. Nope, He’ll always be thrilled when you make time for Him or reach out to Him for understanding and support.
No matter what your father was like for you, you don’t have to follow his footsteps. Instead you can follow the footsteps of God the father and set a good example for your kids and those around you.