‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Mark 2:5 NKJV
In the Old Testament dads placed their hands on their children’s heads and spoke certain promises over them, asking God to pass His blessing from one generation to the next. It’s why ‘Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him.’ (Genesis 28:1 KJV) It’s why Jacob refused to die before blessing his grandchildren (see Genesis 48:14). If you’ve grown up without a caring father, it’s easy to spend your whole life searching for a sense of identity and self-worth.
Before Tupac Shakur, the rap artist known for his violent song lyrics, was gunned down in 1996, he said, ‘I never knew my real father. I know for a fact that if I’d had a father, I’d have some discipline [and] more confidence. Your mother can calm you down, reassure you, show you where your manhood is. But you need a man to teach you how to be a man.’
When a man was brought to Him for healing, before Jesus forgave and healed him, He called him ‘son’. He didn’t say, ‘You’ve got to clean up your act,’ or ‘You must do things My way.’ No, He established a relationship with the man by showing him love and acceptance. Whether your father has blessed you or not, Jesus can. Whether your father has blessed you or not, you are called to honour him. God’s promise is this: ‘If you honour your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life…’ (Ephesians 6:3 NLT)
So take time to honour your dad this Father’s Day.
SoulFood: Gen 11:1–9, Phil 2:1–11 Ps 133
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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