A Fathers heart!
Much is said of fathers in the bible. Fathers are good providers, Luke 11: 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Fathers correct and discipline their children Proverbs 3: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. The Lord also becomes the father of the fatherless which means that the role of a father must be important in a person’s life. Psalm 68: 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
So if the Lord Himself has to become a father to the fatherless, it means that the heart of a father should reflect the heart of the Lord. How careful fathers need to be!
Lets have a brief look at an example of a father in the bible.
Most of us know the account of Jacob and Esau. Rebekah the mum helped Jacob deceive his Dad and he took away Esau’s blessing. The account can be found in Genesis 27. The bible does not tell us how Isaac their father responded after he found out that he was deceived. We do not know how he responded to Rebekah and Jacob. We must also remember that while Rebekah instigated the whole thing, Jacob could have said no to his mum, this is wrong l will not do it.
However one thing is certain, after all that, Isaac still blessed Jacob again.
Genesis 28: 1 to 6
And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother's brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan;
Isn’t that amazing!
If the Lord is a father to the fatherless, it simply means that a father’s hearts represents the heart of the Lord. This does not mean fathers permit anything, but with one hand they discipline and with the other hand they love.
After all Jacob did, deceived his father and stole his elders brothers blessing, Isaac his father still blessed him again!. I am not saying that Jacob did not pay a price for what he did, yes he did as he had to leave his home for many years neither am l saying that what he did was right, The point is, his father still loved him.
Are you a father? Ask the Lord to help you be the father you need to be. A true fathers heart represents the heart of the Lord. Every ready to forgive!
"By Bisi Oladipupo"
15/1/2014 02:18:37 am
Thanks Bridget for your comment. God bless
Amen! It's amazing how many adults have a skewed vision of God because of the relationship they had/have with their fathers. I also had to learn to see God differently because of my childhood scars. God revealed Himself to me in such a caring and loving way because He knew my disappointment from my father I carried. I was able to forgive my father because of my Father's love for me. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing and God bless!
15/1/2014 02:19:49 am
Yes Marilyn, Our God is the best example of fatherhood.
17/1/2014 07:56:28 am
Thanks Kathy! God bless.
18/1/2014 04:10:58 pm
Thank you for this post! It is true that God has father's heart, he has inmense love for us His children and thanks to that we can live eternally with Him.
19/1/2014 01:56:23 pm
Thanks Joanna for your comments. God bless
Thanks for your post Bisi!
19/1/2014 01:57:41 pm
Thanks Tawana for your comments. God bless
20/1/2014 11:35:43 am
I love the Bible verse in Ephesians 6 to us fathers: "Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord" (verse 4, AMP). Now some kids may point this verse out to their dads--however, Holy Spirit isn't talking to them [their attention should be directed to verses 1-3]. Our LOVE can only be known by the action it promotes.
21/1/2014 05:39:55 am
Thanks Mel for your comment, God bless
21/1/2014 05:40:57 am
Thanks Pat for the visit and for the comment. God bless
21/1/2014 04:45:02 pm
Thanks, Bisi, for this great reminder. My father deserted our family when I was 10 years old and my Mom always taught us this truth that God is a Father to the Fatherless. He so faithfully cared for us all those years. Blessings, Amy
23/1/2014 02:04:52 pm
Thanks Amy for your comment and for sharing your experience. God bless!
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