Good News from Mighty Rivers
In general, fatherhood represents the greatest failure of any
category of human beings, so it’s a bit difficult to say “Happy
Father’s Day.” Some have been very good, and they are to be
commended. Sadly, many have not been good fathers.
Abraham was a great father, a father in his old age. Some men become
fathers too soon and don’t know how to be good fathers. He is still
called “Father Abraham” by the Jewish people to this day.
His son, Isaac, grew up to be a good father who blessed his sons.
One of those sons, Jacob, became a father, who like his own father
showed partiality, but also like his father, kept the covenant, and
his name was changed to Israel. Both were a bit flawed, but still
good fathers. You don’t have to be perfect to be a good father.
Joshua was a real role-model. He was a leader, a military leader and
a spiritual leader who is remembered for saying, “As for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord.” Great fathers lead their families to
know, love, and serve the Lord.
Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, put aside his religious pride and
prestige when his 12 year old daughter was dying. Great fathers know
who to turn to when there is a crisis in the family.
Zebedee was the father of James and John. Jesus called the sons to
come and follow Him. Great fathers know when to let their children
The father of the Prodigal Son is the epitome of a great father. His
younger son was bored with the home rules and wanted his share of
the family farm so he could go live on his own. If the father had
said “No,” he would have had an unhappy son. The father wanted a son
who wanted to be at home.
You know the rest of the story. The Prodigal thought he was through
with the father, the work, the rules, and with Big Bro. A lot of
young men, women, too, today think they are through with God; don’t
want to be around the old house of the Lord anymore. They’d rather
be with their drinking buddies and the in-crowd.
The son had a real good time, meeting some people who helped him
spend all that money. But when the money was gone, so were they. The
son was broke. He finally took a job slopping hogs and got so hungry
the slop looked good. Then he realized how good the farm hands had
it back home. And he said, “I need to go home; I need to tell my
father I’m sorry and ask him to let me be one of the servants.”
If he had never gone back, he would have perished. The father
welcomed his son home, threw a big party, and was so happy.
That brings us to the ultimate Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. He, too, is always there to welcome us home. His love never
changes; His love never fails. When we honor our fathers this
weekend, don’t forget to honor our Heavenly Father.