A Fathers encouragement from Hebrews 11 - by Paul Bonython
Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews has great application and this application speaks to Fathers. Using the the heroes of faith mentioned in the passage, the word Father in an anagram form produces some characteristics of the Fatherhood of God. We ought to study and live by these characteristics as fathers, and become more like Him.
F Good fathers are faithful (v8;17)
Abraham pursued a course, not knowing where the end was! He believed the promises, preserved for their families, and in their trust in God, He provides the things they need for salvation. We should accept the role of spiritual head. This does not mean a BOSS, but the one who takes responsibility for the decisions’ results.
Believe the promises…… But even when there is failure….. God is still faithful.
A Good fathers put faith into action (v22)
Joseph ran from the problematic or potentially sinful situations. Many men have hobbies, like sports, gardening, cars or just enjoy downtime. It is possible that this can lead to being lazy. But in times of crisis, they tend think they can spring into action. However the great danger is that laziness can overtake meaning that they want to spring up, their sprung is all gone! Self discipline is better than allowing laziness to overtake your life.
It’s Godly to work and fix things. Grasp the opportunity to serve your family.
T Good fathers will teach their children (v20)
Jacob had used deception to get what he wanted. It is interesting that what he had allowed in his life’s experience, his own sons exploited to great consequence in what they did to Joseph and the hurt it caused. Fathers teach by example, either good or bad, but should endeavour to show the right life skills in the shed, at home, under the hood, at school, in the sports yard or in business.
These lessons are all better being taught in a friendly environment than being barked or yelled at.
H Good fathers are a source of hope, challenge. Inspiration and future (v27)
Verse 27 says ‘He endured seeing the unseen.’ Hope should have a practical outworking. Fathers should try to recognise their children’s gifts, and train them accordingly, or find a way for them to be taught. It’s always been my hope that my children will all do better than me.
How can we help up the next generation to great heights?.