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Day Of The Dad

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19 JUNE 2016

‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.’

Ephesians 6:4 ESV

Today is Father’s Day. Maybe you’ve not seen what fatherhood looks like.

Maybe you’ve got a pretty good example in your own dad.

Maybe you’ve never made the connection between dads on earth

and your Dad in heaven before. There are many verses in the

Bible that give you an idea of what dads should look like.

A good one to start with is today’s verse, Ephesians 6:4.

It shows you that fathers are meant to act a certain way. Not to snap,

or act harshly towards their kids. No, the way fathers are to act is

patiently, and nurturingly. The idea that fathers are to ‘nurture’

might sound a bit feminine by today’s standards. But it’s how the

Bible describes fatherhood. It’s a deliberate choice of words: not

‘dominate’, or ‘control’, but ‘nurture’. And all correction,

all discipline, should only come about against a backdrop of

warm and always-present care. There’s a design in fatherhood

that reflects your Heavenly Father. This isn’t an accident.

So your experience of earthly dads, those who reflect this verse,

points you to what God Himself looks like. And if you’ve only

had spiritual dads on earth – this applies to them too. Check out

2 Kings 2:12 for Elisha’s final words to his spiritual dad, Elijah.

One of the beautiful things about that verse is that it’s impossible

to say who Elisha is talking about when he says ‘father’ – is it Elijah,

or God? Maybe it doesn’t matter. In that moment, what you see

is how even spiritual dads can point you to God.

What Now?

That’s a huge privilege and weight for dads to carry, so today – give them a nod to say thanks.

 
Bible in a Year: Luke 11:29-54; Ps 66-67;
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Word For You is adapted by UCB from The Word For Today written by Bob and Debby Gass.

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