So Father’s Day is this weekend and I was considering how different our fatherly backgrounds all are. Some of us had dads who were awesome, some of us had dads we maybe wished we didn’t have. This made me think about all of the dads I know, men struggling to break away from what a man of our culture is “supposed” to be and striving to be the man that God calls us to be. Then I started thinking about the Father we should all strive to be like.
The people of Israel were a rebellious and defiant people toward God. They struggled all throughout their history to follow God’s commands and live the life He had called them too. In reality, they were not much different than us.
As a result of Israel’s rebelliousness and what sometimes looks like an inability to fully turn to God, He gave them over in captivity and exile to the nation of Babylon. They were exiled from their own country for 70 years and the land was left desolate and in ruin.
Before this happened the Word of the Lord came to the prophet Jeremiah. God had told Jeremiah what would happen to Israel and to the surrounding nations who did not listen to or fear Him. But He also told Jeremiah that after He had punished Israel, He would restore them.
In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord appeared to Jeremiah and said these awesome words, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with My loving kindness.”
Some of us had dads who embodied these words. No doubt though, some of you are reading this and may have never known the love of a father. Many men wonder if they will do right by their wives and kids. Some may struggle with thoughts of turning into their own dad who may have not been to great.
Regardless of the example you had growing up, I say to you fathers out there:
If we follow the example of our heavenly Father and love everlasting, if we draw our spouses and children to us with loving kindness, we will be the type of men that God not only calls for, but the type of men that God seeks to use and we’ll do right by our wife and children.
You don’t need to be a macho super know it all guy, you just need some everlasting love and loving kindness.
To all dads: Happy Father’s Day! You have a high and mighty calling placed on your life! Don’t squander it! Love to love!
Walking with you,