What I shared last Sunday, “Happy Husband’s Day” was what I felt God wanted to be said. It might have only been for one person, but Our Father works in the details, not just with grand plans. Anyway, today I’m sharing my devotional about Fathers.
I grew up surrounded by tools. Plows, bush hogs, and rakes for farming, crescent wrenches, ratchet sets and spark plug gap gauges for auto repairs, saws, rasps, and drill sets for carpentry, wire strippers, screwdrivers and pliers for electrical work, slide rules, multi-meters and IBM FORTRAN books for teaching. Just about anything I wanted to make, Dad had a tool for it.
If I couldn’t figure out how to use the tool, then he’d teach me. (Nearly) Always I was encouraged to master the use of these tools. Along with tools for building “things” Dad gave me tools to build my character, to bless others, to build a family, and to build my life founded on Jesus Christ.
Why all those tools, you may ask? Because the role of fathers is to “beget.” One of the definitions of “beget” is “to bring into the world.” Dad’s tools “brought into the world” countless things, both seen and unseen. That’s what a good father does. That’s what I’ve attempted. So, we should be encouraged by 2 Corinthians 6:18 (ESV) where God says,
“and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
Now that’s good news!
You may also be interested in our devotional: “Craftsmen at Work”