My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth ~ Proverbs 3:11-2
Think to a father. Your father, a figure, the Holy Father. Now, think of something you have learned from them. Now. How did you learn it?
I have had the blessing of having a few fatherly figures in my life- My “papa,” my dad, and my step-dad Darrell.
They all have a knack for cars which is a knack that I still haven’t picked up yet. Nonetheless, I have learned a lot about cars, mowers, and machinery from them. Recently, I was thinking about how they taught me and how one day I will teach others.
When something goes wrong (e.g., car breaks down) I remember at first, I would look out the window and watch as they work.
But then I would end up on the porch watching.
Then, I am beside the car.
And then the next time they would say “hold this” and hand me a ratchet.
And then next… they would say “hold this while I tighten this.” It was only following this that the Holy Grail of father-son moments appears.
They ask, “Hey, can you tighten that for me?”
It seems instilled in a father to progressively teach something to children. I asked myself, why is that?
Probably because their father did the same thing. It is the 9th Wonder of the World; the God-instilled father teaching method. The most beautiful of these moments is when a father figure teaches of God.
There is a story in the book of 1 Kings of a man named Jehonadab dedicated to purifying Israel of idols (2 Kings 10:15-23). Implicitly, he births a family that many generations later is found adhering to the Godly living modeled by Jehondaab (Jeremiah 35:6-19).
God instills fathers with the desire to model life right. Godly fathers are expected to model holiness unto the Lord as well, and it does not take any complicated plans!
Just follow the God-instilled teaching method for fathers