“For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” Genesis18: 19 (NKJV)

 

It is important for us to realise that God knows us. In whatever capacity we stand: as father, mother, child, or in multiple capacities, God knows us. And God knows how to bring to us what He has spoken concerning us. This past Sunday was dedicated to celebrating fathers and their special role which is sometimes filled by non-biological fathers. It is often said that a person cannot give what they do not have, and this is certainly true of fathers and fatherhood.

Fatherhood is noted for responsibilities that include protecting, providing and nurturing, but people cannot function in these capacities unless they themselves have experienced them (Acts 17: 11). This reality poses a problem for our world which often teeters from one crisis to another. In recent times, we have moved from Brexit to Covid19, and most recently, to issues of racial injustice which were often undiscussed, but are now forced into public consciousness. These situations emphasize the need for a Biblical response, which fathers must be equipped with (Colossians 2: 10), so that they can provide reassurance for their families.

Whether as a father or as an individual, we must not allow ourselves or our families to be swayed by the dominant narratives in the world (1John 4: 1), which provide false comfort (Zechariah 10: 2). Instead, the Bible should be our anchor (2Timothy 3: 16- 17), for the Scriptures indeed provide us everything we need to know in each season.

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