By Ryan Parsons
Being a dad is one of the greatest honors in life, but it’s also one of the most difficult jobs out there. Culture’s skewed expectations and diminishing view of fatherhood hasn’t made our work as dads any easier. We know the importance of providing, protecting and leading; but, how do we do that faithfully in today’s world? Thankfully God’s word exists to encourage and lead us in the work of fathering. One place we find great encouragement is the Psalms.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it;
unless the Lord guards the city,
the watchman keeps awake in vain. (Vs 1)
It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late,
to eat the bread of painful labors;
for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (Vs 2)
Behold, children are a gift from the Lord;
the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Vs 3)
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children of one’s youth. (Vs 4)
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
they shall not be ashamed,
when they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Vs 5)
Here are four lessons that we can quickly take away from these words of wisdom:
Let the Lord BUILD your house (Vs 1)
This isn’t talking about nail guns and power tools (although those are cool!). He is raising the question, “Is God the center of everything holding all things together?” If not, let him build beyond a dwelling and establish your home.
Accept the Lord’s protection (Vs 1)
As a father, we take security seriously. While we check the locks at night and make sure our kids wear their seatbelt, here we are challenged to trust in the providence of Almighty God and let Him protect us eternally.
Let the Lord guide your work (Vs 2)
The role of provider is not something most dads take lightly. However, we can easily become entangled in the grind and exhausted from the tempo. Remember, reliance upon God in all things leads to peace.
Enjoy the reward of children (Vs 3-5)
Sometimes screaming babies, inquisitive toddlers, needy young ones, and temperamental teenagers can cloud our eyes to the blessings of our children. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the joy that they are now and will continue to be in the future. Thanks for being a dad who puts God first! Happy Father’s Day