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Fatherhood, God’s Way – Blog & Podcast

June 15, 2018

For me, I feel like fatherhood has been not only one of my greatest callings, but perhaps my greatest responsibility. With it has come great lessons, great challenges, and also great moments of victory and satisfaction, and a good bit of patience and hard work.

Whenever we can draw directly from a Biblical example for something in life, I believe that is especially helpful. Such is the case with fatherhood. We see a number of great examples in Scripture, but I believe the story of Abraham and Isaac is just about the best.

Unable to conceive a child with his wife through 50+ years of marriage, Abraham, continued to trust God. Abraham and Sarah had to be giving up on the idea of having a child by this time. God came to Abraham when he was 75 and placed a unique calling on his life – to go. Just go and trust me to tell you where. Oh, by the way, you will have descendants as many as the sands on the seashore.

Abraham shares this with his 66-year-old wife, whose reaction was so very spiritual – she laughed and laughed and laughed. You can understand, right? Why now? Why at this age? Is this really happening?

It didn’t happen immediately. They had to wait nearly 25 more years, during which time they tried to take the situation into their own hands. It had to sound like a good idea at the time. Sarah says, “since I can’t give you a child, take my maidservant – he will still be coming from your bloodline.” Nothing could happen badly through that, right? WRONG. Just exactly what you would think happened, happened. There was jealousy and anger, and Abraham had to send his maidservant and his son Ishmael away. However, Abraham and Sarah once again began to fully trust God and he gave them a beautiful son when Abraham was 99 and Sarah was 91. They named him Isaac, which means “laughter”. Sarah remembered her laughter at the first revelation by God.

Abraham cherished his son, made him his helper and then God made the biggest demand on Abraham that any father could ever have to respond to.

Genesis 22:1-2,After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. “Take your son,” he said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Abraham had to be thinking “God, you told me I would have descendants, plural, and now you are going to take away the only one I have, the one I waited nearly 100 years to have??” But God was teaching Abraham the characteristics of a Godly father. Abraham was not a bad father to sacrifice his son in this way, He was following the call of God on his life. Fathers, if you follow the call of God on your life, there is nothing better you can do, and He will teach you the Way.

Abraham demonstrated 10 characteristics of a Godly father…A model for each of us, and something to pray for those fathers in our lives. A Godly father…

  1. Hears the Lord’s Word – Abraham walked with God daily and a Godly father gets his instruction from the Word
  2. Does the necessary work – There’s no short-cuts to fatherhood. He must be a disciple-maker, show love, teach.
  3. Commits to the journey – Once you hear “I’m pregnant”…. Teachers can tell quickly which dads are checked out
  4. Is a worshipping man – There’s nothing more valuable to the discipleship of a child than to be in the home of a worshipping dad
  5. Does the hard jobs – Abraham is faced with the hardest task, and never hesitates
  6. Trusts God for provision – God will provide the lamb. Honor God and He WILL provide. Give God the first and best
  7. Disciplines his children consistently – Just as the altar of sacrifice needed a particular order – children need consistent discipline, desire it
  8. Knows his children’s Owner – Abraham understood that ultimately his son did not belong to him.
  9. Leads from his knees – Abraham was on the altar, offering his son. “Abraham looked up”. We get low to look up.
  10. Takes a long-term view – Because Abraham was faithful with his first, he entrusted him with many.

The results – Abraham, Isaac, and the young men got up and they settled in a new place – and they were never the same. Abraham was the father of many nations, he’s demonstrated the Gospel for us – for God so loved. “Father, my children do not belong to me – I surrender their ownership to You and I will be Your steward. I pray for other fathers, that they too will follow Your lead in raising their children. It’s the right way and the only good way. Amen”

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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