I still miss my father, even though it’s been 50 years since he went to be with the Lord. He was a wonderful godly and loving father, and an immensely successful pastor. (I still honour his ministry via a blog www.stanleysmith.org.uk )
However, for me, Dad’s greatest achievement as a father was to point his children to their Heavenly Father. and because of that my sister and brother and I have always had…
A Father To Follow
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.” — Psalms 103:13 (KJV)
Today is Father’s Day, and we honour the fathers in our churches. But let’s also look heavenward today to the “Ancient of Days” and learn some lessons in fatherhood from the Greatest of all Fathers.
Lesson #1. He Pardons Us!
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities…” — Psalms 103:3 (KJV)
Some have known earthly fathers who found it difficult to forgive! But not our Heavenly Father! Our God is a forgiving God, and is also just:-
“who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”” — Exodus 34:7 (NASB)
Solomon recognized that there was not a man who doesn’t sin. But at the dedication of the temple he asked God that if His people should sin, and then repent, He would hear from heaven and forgive their sin. (2 Chronicles 6:36 – 7:14) The great thing about our Father is this… He has the power to punish, but He pardons instead!
Lesson #2. He Protects Us!
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” — Psalms 103:3 (KJV)
He protects us from danger and disease.
“If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” — Exodus 15:26 (KJV)
In the pages of the Gospels we have the story of a poor father bringing his sick son to the disciples. He asked them to heal him, but THEY COULD NOT! When we lack results in our prayer for the sick let’s not make exegetical reasons for our unbelief. Perhaps we cannot – but HE CAN! “He healed them ALL!” the Bible tells us. Just like a father strokes his hand across the fevered brow of his sick child, our Heavenly Father reaches out with hands of power – Healing Hands!
Lesson #3. He Plans For Us!
“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction…” — Psalms 103:4 (KJV)
He has planned a path for each one of us.
Naturally we are inclined to walk where danger lurks, but God’s plan leads us away from destruction!
When it comes to road safety, parents cannot reason with children, they have to take the child by the hand (sometimes kicking and screaming) and lead them away from danger!
And God interferes in our lives for our good – delivering us from pitfalls!
Lesson #4. He Provides For Us!
“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;” — Psalms 103:4 (KJV)
He provides us with:
- Love. He loves us! Love is the great need of man. True love.
- Compassion. Compassion is love in action. Love doing something. Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the multitudes. His compassion drove Him to provide banquets for thousands.
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” — 1 Timothy 6:17 (KJV)
- An inheritance.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” — 1 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV)
Lesson #5. He Pampers Us!
“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” — Psalms 103:5 (KJV)
- The fountain of life!
Now this has to do with the spirit rather than the mouth! We could interpret “mouth” as desires. God has a way of satisfying the deep longings of the soul.
Not everything that the world does is not always wrong in itself. But it can be wrong for the Christian, however, because it can be a poor substitute of what God has on the menu for us! We have been “made to drink!” 1 Corinthians 12:13 – And why should we drink at this world’s troughs when we have been made to drink from the Spring of living water?
- The fountain of youth!
Not only is God’s spring more satisfying to the thirsty soul, it also renews our strength! “…so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
The youngest old people I know are God’s people who have learned how to drink at God’s fountain of youth! A lifetime of hardship has not been enough to wear them out.
The oldest young people I know are God’s people, who have tried to carry out God’s work while ignoring God’s fountain. And some of you pastors know what I mean. You have burned out in service, and neglected the prayer room.
O my Christian friend! Come and drink today – and refresh your soul!