I know that Father’s Day has passed, and the dust of the day has settled in our homes from the cookouts, or whatever us Dad’s delighted ourselves in, but something needs to continue to linger through the year.
1 Samuel 2:19
“Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice aparts of every offering made by my people Israel?”
Eli was guilty of something here. That guilt was raising his children in such a way that it dishonored God.
Of course, it’s no co-incidence that in the last few weeks my studies have been about Eli, and Samuel. Both had one thing in common. They were horrible at being a dad!
This weekend was GREAT. Our Pastor gave an awesome sermon on being a Dad, and it all came from Ephesians 6:4, which every dad should know! When he began, he said that on Mother’s Day we praise the Moms, and on Father’s Day we ‘dog’ the Dads. So I’m going to hold this together, and write with that thought in mind.
Being a good dad starts with being a good husband. Where do you stand in that department? I can remember when Debbie and I attended a weekend retreat, and I was given a test as to being the husband that God wanted me to be, and I BOMBED! I was thinking to myself, when I got the test, that I would pass this thing hands down! You know why? I know I’m a good Dad! Debbie even told me… “If this was a test on being a Dad, you’d get an A+”. Not that I’m the PERFECT Dad, I do have my moments, and I am not looking to boast here.
Gentlemen… The #1 thing we can do for our Children, is to LOVE our wives! What does this mean?
1st, and most importantly we need to LEAD SPIRITUALLY. No… Not “BEAT” our wives with a stick, and not look at them LESS. We need to LEAD! As the water serves the root of a plant we need to serve our wives, and love them as Christ Loves the church. We need to lift them in prayer, and treat them as a precious metal. We need to grow with them Spiritually! If you’re not attending a Bible Study with your wife, you’re in for a pretty bad judgement call! You’re also open to some pretty bad falls that could be disastrous. Remember, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.
The 2nd most important relationship you will ever have in your entire lifetime, is your relationship with your wife! Cherish it, build it, grow it!