This Sunday is Father’s Day, and it is a day set aside to honor our fathers.Posted June 14, 2013
By Pastor Allen Wickstrom
Assembly of God Church
This Sunday is Father’s Day, and it is a day set aside to honor our fathers. My dad has been gone for over a decade, and I miss him, especially on Father’s Day. Two weeks ago, I wrote that he was a veteran of World War 2, and had fought throughout Europe. He never spoke much about what he went through during the war, and he never told me how he received his medals, or the purple heart. My dad also had rheumatoid arthritis which came on in the 1950’s, and suffered tremendous pain the rest of his life. He broke his hip and had other severe medical problems in the last few years of his life. But the thing that I will always remember about my dad in all those years was the fact that he very rarely complained. In fact, the answer that he would give when asked how he was doing, (and the one that infuriated my mom, because she knew better) was, “fine, just fine”.
I never appreciated my dad like I should have for most of my younger life, and I am saddened how little respect that I showed him at times. But the one thing that I knew in all our years together, even if it was hard for him to say, is that my dad loved me. Now I am a father of 4 grown children, and ‘papa’ to 2 grandkids. Sometimes I am struck with how hard it is as a dad to show how much we love our kids and how proud we are of them. I don’t look at Father’s Day as a day for me to be honored, but a day when I rejoice in the fact that God has given me the privilege of being a dad.
3 John 1:2-4 (NKJV)
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
John wrote this letter just like a father. The greatest desire of a true father is, “I want my children to prosper in everything they do.” Just ask a dad whose son or daughter is in athletics. We want our kids to excel in school and in life. But we also want them to be healthy. Nothing hurts more than when our children go through health problems, worse yet a life threatening one. John wrote what God the Father’s heart is as well. He wants us to do well, be blessed in life and to be healthy in all areas. Jesus Christ came to restore the relationship with God that had been broken when Adam sinned. A broken relationship on earth hurts both parties. A broken relationship with
God does the same thing.
John wrote of having no greater joy than to hear that his children would be walking in truth. As a dad I long for and pray constantly that my children and grandchildren walk in relationship with God the Father, by having faith in Jesus, thereby walking in truth. In verse 3, he wrote about how much joy it brought him when other people brought him news of how his children were walking in truth. Nothing encourages a father’s heart more than when other people “brag” on his children for walking uprightly and well in this world. Nothing grieves a father more than when his children are hurting. That is the heart of God.
There is a statement that I have heard said that, “if God had a picture on His refrigerator or in His wallet it would be yours!” Psalm 139:17-18b (NLT) says:
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
That’s the love of a father!
So in conclusion, “Thanks Dad!” for all that you taught me, for all the lessons that I learned just by watching your life, and for loving me. And thank you Father for the awesome love that you have for me, for blessing me and giving me the privilege of being a father myself. Father, may my children be blessed, be healthy, and walk in the light of the truth of knowing Your Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus name, Amen!