Happy Father’s Day!
“And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?””
II Chronicles 1:6-10 NKJV
As I look at who I have become, I would like to think that I have been self made. The reality is that I am the product of the lives of all those who have come before me. I have been built up on the scaffolding prepared through sweat and blood of my forerunners.
My mother and my father played huge roles in making me the man I am today. My mother contributed all the spiritual things, as she demonstrated her faith in my presence, singing hymns and spiritual songs, praying without ceasing, and reading her bible.
My father taught me to work hard, to have integrity, follow one’s own path, even when everyone else went another way. I am not sure he knew the Lord, but I know his mother did. I have hope that I will see him again.
In my reading today, I saw how Solomon, who had become king, set about establishing his kingdom and completing tasks that his father David had set before him.
He knew that his father was a man of faith, and that the God that he was devoted to was faithful. Before Solomon had gone too far into his reign, he paused and did the most important thing: he sought the Lord.
All that David had accomplished had been done relying on God’s power and guidance. Solomon saw this, and knew that if he was to be successful, he was going to need godly wisdom.
“Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.””
II Chronicles 1:11-12 NKJV
In the early life of Solomon, David had provided the scaffolding on which he would build his kingdom, and commission the building of the House of God.
Today is Father’s Day in America, when we salute those who came before us. As time goes by, the holiday has gained in poignance, as there are an increasing number of people growing up with no father.
I am blessed to have had my dad, that man who demonstrated for me what it is to be a man under hostile circumstances. He taught me how to endure, how to be victorious as a black man under pressure.
Father’s have a key role to play in the salvation of their families. Recently, I finished the book of Acts. Time and time again, I saw how the man of the house came to Christ and the rest of the family followed suit.
“Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.”
Acts 16:29-34 NKJV
There are many churches today that are bereft of men, and few boys are coming to Christ. Those men who do show up, often spend little time in the Scriptures, and view church attendance as an obligation, often to please the wife. There are also many homes where the mother is the spiritual leader, and there too, few boys come to know the Lord.
If you are a father in a Christian home, you are responsible for the spiritual foundation of your children. If you do not pursue the spiritual things, your children will likely fall short of where you are.
Children watch their parents, and they figure out early on if mom and dad are true to their faith. You are building a scaffold to support the faith of your children.
Those who have walked through the faith before us have matured and have much to offer those following close behind.
“I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.”
I John 2:12-14 NKJV
Father’s, let today be the day that you purpose in your heart to begin building that scaffold, that strong platform in which those who come after you can become closer to Jesus.
Happy Father’s Day!