A Father's Fondest Wish

We've heard our kids singing. We've seen them say they're ready- for-action, for Jesus' sake. (There's a reason we call it WORK Camp.) Who wouldn't be inspired? It's enough to make you wanna ask, "How about our kids? Our family's, our church's, maybe even all the world's?" Here we are in our own Father's House. Our Heavenly Father's. And we say it's Father's Day. So what would be the fondest wish of fathers for the children?

Good. Just: good. Jesus Says, "What man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" Over and over Scripture teaches that our Heavenly Father's will is ever directed to his children's good. We earthly fathers take our cue from our father in heaven. (I might add, granddads, older brothers, uncles and cousins, neighbors… and all the women folk too, are invited to get in on the act.) Good and not harm for the children. Ours. God's. I know how elementary that sounds. Maybe hardly worth saying. But in our world, married men and women sometimes use their kids as weapons against one another. We're tempted to violate our children by trying to make them live out our dreams, instead of helping them find God's dreams for them and their own for themselves. God forgive us and drive us to repentance, some abuse the young. And some ignore the children altogether. What a long way from the teaching to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect, or again, "God's love is made perfect in you." (I John 1) Think, pray, ask, can it be said of me, "My will is ever directed to my children's good. And God's children's too." It's a question that deserves next week for pondering!

A father's fondest wish? Good for the body. What Father would want less for his children? (Anybody here want less?) Isn't that why so many of us get up too early and come home too late? Is dragon slaying our natural hobby, or don't we do it for those we love, especially the kids? We want to give our children bread and not stone. It's a Godly thing. After all, isn't it Jesus who says we share a Father who will take care of our every earthly need? "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" (Matthew 6: 26) Every pop oughta count it Godly to wanna provide. But not to indulge. God… gives all we need. Not all we want. That's well, Ungodly. We earthly poppa's need to take a lesson. (And everybody else who cares for kids.) The thing our littlest loved ones most want from us is… us! We oughta return the favor. Otherwise we risk a wrong answer to Jesus' sorta question (I'm fudgin'here to make a point), "What does it profit a child to gain a full closet, a full schedule, a laptop and a cell phone… and not to know to call on the name of the Lord and be saved?"

A father's fondest wish? Good for the soul. Jesus would never have quarreled with the O.T. teaching, "Train up a child when he is young, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

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