“…Wise children make their fathers proud of them; foolish ones bring their mothers grief.” —Proverbs 10:1
The History of Father’s Day…
– Sonora Dodd first had the idea of a "father's day" while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, who was widowed when his wife died during childbirth.
– After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. So, she held the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the June 19, 1910.
– President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
A Biblical Perspective…
– Deuteronomy 5:16, “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
– Ephesians 6:2-3, “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
– If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. —Bill Cosby
– Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! —Lydia M. Child
Biblical examples of fatherhood…
– While positive and negative biblical examples of abound, none speaks more powerfully to the point than that of Jesus and the Father in Heaven.
– One passage gives us great insight into this relationship and its significance for our lives–Matthew 11:25-30…
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(1) Jesus’ relationship with “the Father” was/is the key component in His ability to reveal God’s will for our lives.
(2) No one comes to the Father, except through Jesus, God’s only Son.
(3) As the world is blessed through the Father-Son relationship between Jesus and the Heavenly Father, even so should people be blessed by the father- child relationship in families today.
Herein lies a great challenge…
– Historically, fatherhood has been misunderstood, which has resulted in unhealthy behavioral tendencies.
– Fatherhood is often depicted in a negative and/or demeaning light.
– Many men who become fathers do not have a positive role model for fatherhood.
What we need is a positive perspective on fatherhood – 1 Thessalonians 2:6-12…
We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Five qualities revealed in this passage…
(1) Affectionate, v. 7, "we were gentle among you…"
(2) Transparent, v. 8, we delighted….to share our lives…
(3) Diligent, v. 9, "…not a burden to anyone…"
(4) Spiritual, v. 10, "…how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you…"
(5) Proactive, vs. 11-12, "…as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God…"
May we all experience the blessing…
…of a relationship with God as a result of fellowship made possible through His only Son.
…of family by honoring the highly esteemed roles God has called each of us to fulfill.