Summary: It is a fact that in today's time most children grow up and never serve the Lord after becoming adults. Ever notice that? Wonder why so many adults don't serve the Lord? David's son Absalom rebelled against him and tried to take the throne away from him
A PRAYING AND CONCERNED FATHER
Introduction: It is a fact that in today's time most children grow up and never serve the Lord after
becoming adults. Ever notice that? Wonder why so many adults don't serve the Lord?
David's son Absalom rebelled against him and tried to take the throne away from him. Why? Eli the priest of
God had two sons (Phinehas and Hophni) who were immoral, unbelievers and just plain rotten. We'd call
them "preacher's kids" today. Why were they that way?
God has given us an example of an unusual father named Job, unusual in that he prayed and offered sacrifices
daily for his grown children and set a good example for them as well.
I. JOB WAS A GOOD FATHER AND HUSBAND
1. He had a large family and all the children were grown, 7 sons and 3 daughters.
- He took good care of them materially, financially and in any way they needed help.
- He allowed them much freedom and paid for their parties and entertainment.
- He offered sacrifices continually for them because he was concerned about the
possibility of sin taking over in their lives.
- He ordered them to get themselves ready to present themselves before the Lord.
2. He was a man of authority, position and wealth in the community.
- He was well known, well respected, a man of stature, prestige and wisdom.
- He did not think himself too well off and did not neglect worship.
- He felt his position with so much responsibility made him more accountable to God.
- Most people of Job's position feel no need to be religious.
3. He was a man who loved his family.
- Most fathers "ease up" on "fathering" when their children become able to do things for
themselves and then cease altogether when they move out, but not Job.
- Job was lenient, easy going but did not lose any of his authority with his children. He still
told them to do certain things, like Worship.
- Job even went to God on behalf of his children offering sacrifices daily.
- Job is a pattern for all fathers of every generation.
II. JOB STAYED CONCERNED FOR HIS CHILDREN EVEN AFTER THEY WERE GROWN
1. If his children had been in trouble, it could be seen why Job would be so concerned.
- Job's children were good children, never causing trouble, so why was he so concerned?
2. Job knew that by nature, they would be prone to get into sin.
- If left to themselves, eventually they would sin against God.
- If left to themselves, they could drift away from God and even get with bad company.
- If left to themselves, they could stop worshipping altogether.
- Job wanted them to stop and think about their actions to see if they had sinned or not.
He wanted them to stay right with God.
3. He also knew that harmless activities could get out of hand.
- Fun numbs and dazes the senses and conscience. It deadens one's ability to sense God and
what is right and wrong.
- When involved with worldly things, the mind and heart is not on heavenly things.
- Job was concerned that his children might become so involved with earthy things that
they might begin to neglect God.
- He knew how quickly and quietly the world can draw one away from God, thus the need